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Lingering in happiness

Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets and I try not to miss too many opportunities to share her work. She has such a way of revealing the extra-ordinary in ordinary events. Those events have deeper meaning that sometimes escapes our view when we do not ask questions that allow us to dig deeper.

Dr Bill Wooten

“After rain after many days without rain,
it stays cool, private and cleansed, under the trees,
and the dampness there, married now to gravity,
falls branch to branch, leaf to leaf, down to the ground
where it will disappear — but not, of course, vanish
except to our eyes. The roots of the oaks will have their share,
and the white threads of the grasses, and the cushion of moss;
a few drops, round as pearls, will enter the mole’s tunnel;
and soon so many small stones, buried for a thousand years,
will feel themselves being touched.”

~ Mary Oliver

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. This is an amazing poem, I love the part of the moles, and the part of “married now to gravity”. Indeed beautiful.

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  2. I really must get hold of some of Mary Oliver’s work. Several blogs I follow refer or quote from her writings and she definitely seems to have some magic in her words. Do you have any particular books you could recommend, Ivon?

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  3. Catherine Johnson

    Beautiful!

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to Mary Oliver!

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  5. I’m a bit new to this poetry stuff so thank you for pointing the way to what seems to be a kindred spirit to me. And even providing a link to her works. You are a kind man, Ivon.

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