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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

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.

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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