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At the New Year

As Kenneth Patchen wrote, “there are other bells we could ring” provides choice in living mindfully and sensitively in the world.

In the shape of this night, in the still fall
        of snow, Father
In all that is cold and tiny, these little birds
        and children
In everything that moves tonight, the trolleys
        and the lovers, Father
In the great hush of country, in the ugly noise
        of our cities
In this deep throw of stars, in those trenches
        where the dead are, Father
In all the wide land waiting, and in the liners
        out on the black water
In all that has been said bravely, in all that is
        mean anywhere in the world, Father
In all that is good and lovely, in every house
        where sham and hatred are
In the name of those who wait, in the sound
        of angry voices, Father
Before the bells ring, before this little point in time
        has rushed us on
Before this clean moment has gone, before this night
        turns to face tomorrow, Father
There is this high singing in the air
Forever this sorrowful human face in eternity’s window
And there are other bells that we would ring, Father
Other bells that we would ring.
When we explore the cracks in everything, we find the light and ring the bells we can and could.

“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”—Leonard Cohen

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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.

19 responses »

  1. I love this! Happy new year to you.

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  2. That’s a great poem. Happy New Year to you.

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  3. A lovely poem, and a great quote at the end. Thank you, Ivon, for the uplifting words of wisdom that you have shared throughout the past year. Happy New Year, my friend.

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  4. Perfect for the day – thank you Ivon for your continued inspiration. Happy New Year.

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  5. Have a happy and wonderful New Year, Ivon. Thanks for sharing 2014 with me. 🙂

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  6. Happy 2015, Ivon! And thanks for all the thought-worthy and inspiring posts last year!

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