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An Appalachian Wedding

This is my first post since getting back at it. It has been a great few months. I did not go far from my computer, but my efforts focused on dissertation writing. That is off the table for about a month as the committee members read and offer feedback. When that is done, I hope to be into research.

Thomas Berry was a Catholic priest and environmentalist who wrote the book The Dream of the Earth. He approached his environmentalism in a very holistic manner, incorporating a variety of traditions: Judeo-Christian, Eastern philosophies, and Indigenous people.

I feel that many people have moved away from the holistic relationship they subjectively and objectively engage in the world/ universe. We are not separate but part of a complex dynamic that is always incomplete and unpredictable.

Look up at the sky
the heavens so blue
the sun so radiant
the clouds so playful
the soaring raptors
woodland creatures
meadows in bloom
rivers singing their
way to the sea
wolfsong on the land
whalesong in the sea
celebration everywhere
wild, riotous
immense as a monsoon
lifting an ocean of joy
then spilling it down over
the Appalachian landscape
drenching us all
in a deluge of delight
as we open our arms and
rush toward each other
all of us moved by that vast
compassionate curve
that brings all things together
in intimate celebration
celebration that is
the universe itself.

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.

26 responses »

  1. just ordered the book. Am working on ecology issues and this seems like a good addition to my library. only wish is was an ebook

  2. Beautiful poem. Nice to see you again.

  3. Good to have you back in my inbox !

  4. Great news about the dissertation. Welcome back.

  5. A beautiful expression of our connection to everything.

  6. Everything is connected. I have been writing about a local lady who has Drum Circles. Their goal is to create that oneness with the Universe of which you are speaking.

  7. Lovely to see you back!

  8. so grand to see you back! (and a happy new year to you)

  9. Beautiful words inviting connection, and wonderful to see you blogging again. Sending you all the best for your dissertation and enjoying this time off. Happy New Year!

  10. Back in a blaze of glory I see, Ivon! Congratulations on your progress and many thanks for the stunning poem. Best wishes on the rest of your journey….

  11. Wow! Great seeing you in my Reader again! 🙂

  12. Welcome back, Ivon! (*^▽^)/

  13. Congratulations on getting it all done! Welcome back!


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