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The Sea Question

We don’t think of those inanimate objects, such as the sea, asking us questions. They do in indirect ways and when we sit a listen. It takes quiet patience to hear the questions and answers, if they are forthcoming

Elizabeth Smither wrote about how the sea asks those indirect questions. It does so by changing colour, watching the tide and wave actions, and how the pebbles move. When I am mindful and sensitive to the world outside my self and beyond my self, I understand it in relationship to me. It does not exist without me and I do not exist without it.

Through mindfulness, the world teaches me and I learn from it. What changes in the continuous flow of time that I miss, regardless of how attentive I am?

The sea asks “How is your life now?”
It does so obliquely, changing colour.
It is never the same on any two visits.

It is never the same in any particular
Only in generalities: tide and such matters
Wave height and suction, pebbles that rattle.

It doesn’t presume to wear a white coat
But it questions you like a psychologist
As you walk beside it on its long couch.

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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.

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  1. Wonderful poem and thoughts. I know it to be true that sea asks questions when we quiet and listen with patience. And so do many other living beings in nature.

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  2. beautiful!
    and somehow this
    inanimate screen
    teaches me your wisdom 🙂

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  3. Absolutely. It’s hubristic to imagine human language is all we can learn from or relate to. I find speaking to animals and nature greatly rewarding. Aloha, Ivon.

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  4. Beautiful! Completely associate with it, and maybe that’s why the waves seem to pull me back so often even here, in the city. The last two lines are going to stay in my mind. Thank you for this. Regards.

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  5. It’s more relaxing and a whole lot deeper than a trip to the “couch.” What an inciteful piece. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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