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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.

 

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

41 responses »

  1. Rocks disturbing a river’s flows

    First class imagery !

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

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  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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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GREAT WRITING—THANKS FOR GRACIOUSLY READING—MONE!

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  5. 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

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  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.

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  7. Ivon, beautiful poem. Truly.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Fabulous… And So true.

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  10. loved the simplicity of it.

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

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

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  13. 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

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  14. Absolutely loved it. I just started my blog ( https://stecydsouza.wordpress.com/ ) and would love it if you could read my poems

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  15. brilliant!

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

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