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Basho‘s haiku were gentle and had spaces in them to find silence.

Silence is broken by the sounds of the world and then silence returns. The silence speaks to us when we listen with care and sensitivity. It is in the silence that the noise makes sense. It speaks to us in its echos and traces.

Silence asks us for attention, our presence and mindfulness.


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.

15 responses »

  1. Haiku poem, one of my all time favs with a slight variation . — An old pond / The frog jumps in / The sound of water

  2. Lovely, thank you for posting!

  3. Reading this brought me a little closer to quiet and peace, for a moment, which I’m going to hold onto for another moment before running off to my next chore. Thank you.

  4. Remember the old commercial when E.F. Hutton speaks then everyone went silent.

    In the Godfather, Marlon Brando almost whispered, which meant others became more silent and it elevated his perceived power.

    Music would be noise without,pauses between notes. In fact pauses have exact intervals.

    Would you say that silence actually is part of life’s form,

  5. The only poem I know by heart in it’s entirety is this by Basho’ “Your empty mouth, reveals your whole insides, silly hollow frog” I try to keep my mouth shut!


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