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Don’t Come To Me With The Entire Truth by Olav H. Hauge

This is a lovely short poem with a wonderful message. Instead of getting all want, sometimes a hint of it is what we need. It creates a sense of wonder and sensation of the whole.

Leonard Durso

Don’t come to me with the entire truth.
Don’t bring the ocean if I feel thirsty,
nor heaven if I ask for light;
but bring a hint, some dew, a particle,
as birds carry only drops away from water,
and the wind a grain of salt.

translated by Robert Bly

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

12 responses »

  1. Beautifully concise and selective. And true.

  2. This is interesting Because: in wonder, in nature where I most usually find it, a hint Is all that’s needed. If I get more, it’s overwhelming though I’m grateful either way. But the truth? There is nothing partial I want about it – give it to me straight. Give it to me, all of it. And respect me enough to trust what I will then do with it. Love endures, no matter what. Aloha, Ivon.

    • Nature has a way of giving us what we can handle and hints of the mystery that lies within nature. The truth is something else. It is relational and depends on trust. In an article I read years ago, Parker Palmer said the truth comes from the German tröthe, which is linked to betrothed. I used to tell my students that and they understood, using the example of marriage how that worked. They loved it when we played with words.

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