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von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I follow Lis`blog and do not always know what the text means. The pictures are always so serene looking. Today, there is text I understood from von Goethe. It is a wonderful thought to think that someone who is miles away can be with us and complete the world for us. “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”

Am Teich bylis

Die Welt ist so leer, wenn man

nur Berge, Flüsse und Städte darin denkt;

aber hie und da

jemand zu wissen,

der mit uns übereinstimmt,

mit dem wir

auch stillschweigend fortleben,

das macht uns dieses Erdenrund

erst zu einem bewohnten Garten.

————–

The world is so empty, if you

only mountains, rivers and cities

it thinks; but every now and then

someone to know who is with us

matches, which we

also tacitly lives on.

This makes this earth round us

only one inhabited garden.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

10 responses »

  1. Thanks for including Goethe’s interpretation. It is an inspiring poem.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Ivon.

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  3. Someone “who, though distant, is close to us in spirit…” is a lovely way to think of certain blogging friends too!

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  4. What a peaceful picture!

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