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All the Hemispheres

Hafez counsels me to look in to discover the hemispheres. I love lines where he calls on me to make a new water-mark on my excitement and love. When I turn in, it is possible to welcome new seasons and bloom in new unexpected ways that are a result of changing the rooms in my mind.

When I greet myself with kindness and the world with humility, I find my way home. An essential element of this journey is I am not alone, but with those who go with me and share with me the journey.

The journey of life is always made in the mindful and attentive of company of others inside and outside me as I let my senses and bodies stretch out in unfamiliar ways. I create the new in those moments and deepening of relationships with those gathered around the fire.

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

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.

11 responses »

  1. I really like the concept of changing rooms in my mind. And making a new water-mark on excitement and love is a worthy challenge to embrace. Thank you for this wonderful share, Ivon.

  2. I agree with Tiny. The metaphor of “changing the rooms in your mind” makes the idea of “change” user-friendly concerning how our minds work and how we can be in control of which room we want to be in. ❤

  3. Lovely share.Thank you. Hafiz is a great favorite of mine. Bless you, Tasha

  4. I’m going to have to give this one a big WOW! There is positively too much to take it all fully in. I know he is saying (in better syntax) get out of the box that you are in and become the many you could be, (and probably), expecting more of yourself because there are so many aspects to become acquainted with? What significance is there of being in close proximity with the heart? Is that just a recognition, a knowing while unknowing? There is a lot of ambiguity or am I seeing it incorrectly? I am enjoying reading it over and over but not sure I have it yet.

    • I think one of the beautiful aspects of poetry like this (Sufi, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, etc.) is the ambiguity. Each time I read poems that are deeply spiritual, I find new meaning. They are deep.

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