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I Opened a Book

Julia Donaldson reminds us that reading is potentially a mindful activity. We lose ourselves in the as we stride into the book, mixing magical elixirs, and making new friends with whom we share the journey.

For me, Paulo Coehlo is an author that I lose myself in his novels. There is something magical about them and his most famous book is aptly named The Alchemist. I recall the first time I read the book losing myself in it and not being able to put it down.

When we finish the book and we have been mindful in reading it, it stays with us and becomes part of us. I used quotes from The Alchemist in writing as it had left such an imprint on me.

I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

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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.

14 responses »

  1. Very very good poem, thank you for posting it.

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  2. Reblogged this on Truth Troubles: Why people hate the truths' of the real world and commented:
    I believe that this is a very good poem please give it a moment to see if you agree, I believe that most folks will.

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  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AH YES…THE GUIDE TO MANY WONDERS AND ONE’S OWN FETILE IMAGINATION! 😀

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  4. Books are indeed a magical place where we can get lost from the real world.

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  5. How true this can be when one is engrossed in a good book.

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  6. Exactly the way I feel when I’m reading a good book!

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  7. A book can be a teacher, a beacon of light in a spiritual
    Journey.

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    • We have a conversation with the author. Derrida and Ricoeur wrote about this. Text is not bound by time and place. It is free to be interpreted anew each time it is read.

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