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It is the end of a busy week. It might be the busiest since I came home from Spokane. I don’t coach ice hockey any more, but I help in several ways. For example, I am helping a young man who coached with me several years ago get a hockey related business off the ground. I also facilitate coaching clinics which help coaches with their work. In Canada, this is a time of the year when hockey is busy. It is important to take a break, a Sabbath from the busyness and business.

I came across this poem by Hermann Hesse who is better known as an author of fiction such as Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Journey to the East. He was a wonderful writer of prose writing in a poetic and mystic voice.

The poem reminds me to stop and pause, to listen attentively to the world and my self. It is in the mindfulness that I hear the questions being asked by the world and me. It is in those silences that the world and I create together speaking to each other in richness in our silences.

Sometimes, when a bird cries out,
Or the wind sweeps through a tree,
Or a dog howls in a far off farm,
I hold still and listen a long time.

My soul turns and goes back to the place
Where, a thousand forgotten years ago,
The bird and the blowing wind
Were like me, and were my brothers.

My soul turns into a tree,
And an animal, and a cloud bank.
Then changed and odd it comes home
And asks me questions. What should I reply?

About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who recently completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. My dissertation topic and research was how teachers experience becoming who they are as 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.

24 responses »

  1. I agree with you it is important to take a break! 😀

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  2. It is in mindfulness that we really hear and see. Beautiful, beautiful poem.

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  3. Beautiful poem. And so interesting that you’ve been an ice hockey coach.
    We’re you an ice hockey player before that?
    Ice hockey is a big sport in Sweden.

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  4. This is absolutely beautiful Ivon – Thank you.

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  5. I am Hesse fan. I’ve read every single thing he ever wrote.

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  6. There are 2 possible way we can finally find yourself.
    1. Be aware of ourselves.
    2. Get fatigue from failure to search ourselves and then rest at home.

    This poem made me realised them.

    Beautiful post, keep going. : )
    Jade the Mystic

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  7. Love your choice of poem to take a break with; it’s soulful.

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  8. Wonderful reminder through your eloquent writing! Thank you, Ivon!

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  9. He is a wonderful writer, and thank you for the introduction to his poetry! 🙂

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