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School Prayer

The second stanza of this poem is a great message for the world today. When we hate, we take something out of the world. The world is a place in need of love, humility. wonder, and peace.

Diane Ackerman writes a wonderful poem that offers insight into the world and with. John Dewey suggested the world is not separated into objective or subjective worlds, but is a continuous forming and conversing between the two we each engage in moment-to-moment.

What would happen if this prayer and poem began each day for us and our children?

In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
and my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life
—wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell—on Earth my home,

and in the mansions of the stars.

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.

18 responses »

  1. I agree with you on the second stanza, well in fact, with the piece in its entirety. Beautiful reminder of how to live.

  2. a compassionate aspiration
    for children of all ages 🙂

  3. Is there such an abhorrence of the mention of a God or Divine being whatever or whoever you perceive it to be?

  4. Such a wonderful idea that this prayer and poem should begin each day for us and our children. I can imagine the voices of children reciting it each morning…

  5. A lovely poem and great way to live, but would children really understand the meaning of this poem? Would they be able to grasp what he is saying? Or would they learn to repeat it as a matter of requirement? It might still do some good even that way. I’ve heard that even a meaningful poem hung on the wall, where you pass frequently, resonates its message as you pass.

  6. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  7. A wonderful prayer, Ivon. Not easy to do, but worth the effort every day. The part about honouring all life reminds me of the philosophy that the nuns at my favorite convent practice in their monastic hospitality: to see God in the face of every human being. And of Mother Theresa’s rueful response to a miserable person: there goes God in another of his distressing disguises.


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