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To Read a Poem…To Write a Poem

This poem rattled around in my mind and body for the last few days. I did not write it out in rough form, so this is it.

To read a poem;

That is to breath in the world,

Meditating on that world

(Re)membering a fleeting moment–

A moment my whole body experienced;

The smell of pine forest

The distant white-topped mountain

Rocks disturbing a river’s flows

The touch of a gentle breeze,

Cooling a sun-burnt face.

To write a poem;

Breathing out,

A lived-experience,

Giving words to a fleeting moment–

Flowers gesturing towards mountains,

Trees caressed by mountain wind,

Nature’s fragrances arise from the valley

A silence encroaching upon my mediation.



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.

53 responses »

  1. Rocks disturbing a river’s flows

    First class imagery !

  2. What a lovely poem. I enjoy those that resonate. I felt I was walking and feeling all of it. Beautiful! Thank you!

  3. This is lovely, Ivon! 2nd line: breathe, not breath, don’t you mean? Hope you don’t mind the correction. I welcome it when others let me know. Anyhow, nice job! 🙂

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  5. sampritidasblog

    The poem was something out of the world. AMAZING indeed!
    I am one month old in wordpress..I would really like and take out some time going through my blog..Even i also write poems. If you like the blog feel free to follow back.
    thank u

  6. While I like to read other people’s thoughts, it is likewise so important to put my thoughts into words. Always write what is on your mind and in your heart.

  7. Tanya MacPherson
  8. Ivon, beautiful poem. Truly.

  9. I.R.Singleton

    I really like “To write a poem;
    Breathing out, A lived-experience,Giving words to a fleeting moment–” makes me realise why I write poetry.

  10. Fabulous… And So true.

  11. loved the simplicity of it.

  12. Nature breathes all sorts of word images and memories for me. Thanks for the poem.

  13. mysticwriter2002

    Nice attempt sir.
    Plz check my new poem ” the least they knew”
    Thanku very much😇

  14. mysticwriter2002

    Check out my more 2 new poems .
    “U made me what I am” and “as I hold my pen and paper.”
    Though I can’t get that much likes as u but I’m sure if u read my poems u will like em .
    And please also give me your suggestions to improve

  15. Absolutely loved it. I just started my blog ( ) and would love it if you could read my poems

  16. brilliant!

  17. Pingback: "the smell of pine forest" so nostalgic! - Poetrypost

  18. Incredibly peaceful to read. Beautiful work


    Your like would be very much appreciated. This is an activity given to us and I need a total of 150 likes to pass. Thank you so much!

  20. I feel very inspired after reading this poem, visually I was there every step.

  21. This was really amazing !!
    Do read mine poem too , u will like it !!
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