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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

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.

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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