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Today, Like Every Other Day

For me, there are poets, like Rumi, whose poetry stand the test of time. After almost a century, the poetic text lives and remains ambiguous searching for meaning.

Now, I don’t play a musical instrument. I sing poorly. I have two left feet, so dancing is out of the question. What Rumi calls on each of us to do, in our particular and unique fashion, is to express ourselves and be creative.

Thich Nhat Hanh said that the extraordinary is found in the ordinary, the ordinary tasks such as doing dishes and enjoying a cup of tea. As we do, we meditate about those who enrich our lives through their efforts. We celebrate people who contribute to our lives in a human and humane manner.

Yes, I do wake up empty, but it is an emptiness that can be filled with each way I celebrate my humanness.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty

and frightened. Don’t open the door of your study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

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. this is beautiful and so true –

  2. Let the beauty we love be what we do… Love it! Thank you for sharing your insights!

  3. a gently touching poem
    to gratefully begin
    the day 🙂

  4. Perhaps I’m not interpreting this correctly. Have to say I don’t wake up empty and frightened. I wake up happy and eager to begin a new day filled with endless possibilities. Life is good.

    • I think that Rumi was getting at the idea that without care for our self we can end up in this place where we do wake up empty and frightened. Taking the time not to be lost in daily life allows us to, as you do, to wake happy and eager. I spoke to a young teacher recently. She has to drive a fair distance to work each day, but is excited. She is teaching and loves that.

  5. Absolutely! This is a favorite piece of mine…and so I have written it on the bathroom wall in our new home, as well. To remind me. Thank you. p.s. I don’t believe that dancing is out of the question for you, Ivon!


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