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Silence of Poetry

Current shares the same etymological roots as curriculum: currere.

How we make meaning of living is like the spaces between words in a poem. It is in silence that meaning emerges. It flows between the words and stanzas.

We need silence in our lives to find meaning. It is standing on the edge of a mountain lake without others. There is a peace there.

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” Aboriginal Proverb

Living is a text,

Traveling through time and space,

Leaving others to ponder meaning;

A meaning that is never whole.

Engulfed in silence,

Emerging from a peace(ful) moment,

One’s inner voice speaks;

As if an other speaks.

Wrapped in meditative moments

When silence is a poem,

Bringing the text to life;

Sending it on its way again.

 

This is a small lake we walked to in Glacier National Park.

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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.

18 responses »

  1. Beautiful post…and deeply resonant.

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  2. The pictured lake looked like the perfect place to stop and ponder.

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  3. I like the metaphor of the text passing through life touching​ some and bringing meaning.

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  4. A really nice poem, corresponding to the image, as was it written there. Thx. Have a nice weekend. 😉 Michael

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  5. Wonderful poem, Ivon! The silence between words in poems has a mystical quality….anything can emerge.

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  6. Just like silence between words of a poem is meaningful; the silence between notes of musical composition is meaningful when used properly. Thoughtful poem!

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  7. ‘One’s inner voice speaks as another one.’ How true !

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