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Merry Christmas

I wrote this poem several years ago about the magic provided by the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and Christmas. What message was in those celestial colours and sounds? As a child, I thought the sky talked to me and told me a creation story.

I grew up in Northern Alberta and Christmas was a special time. I recall cold winter nights. I mean they were cold–almost minus 40 at night. Our windows upstairs were almost completely frosted over. On moonlit nights, the light kept me awake or that is what I told others.

During Advent, my mom and older brothers walked across the street for evening Mass. The younger ones, including me, went to bed. I did not fall asleep right away and would watch out the window for them to come home. I thought no one saw me, but my Mom would come up and tell me to go to bed.

At that time of year, I recall is the Northern Lights and how you could hear them as well as see them light up the sky as they danced across the sky. We don’t see them very often in Edmonton with the urban light.

When we spend time at the farm at Christmas, we hear and see them again. On cold nights we hear the train (about a mile away) and it sounds like it is coming through the house.

Small children–

Breathlessly awaiting,

Peering through frosted window

Soaking it in.

Heavens rippling–

Lights undulating;

A celebratory fury

An indisputable guide.

This old house speaks;

Nature answers–

Heavens crackle

Sweet symphonic sounds shimmering.

Earth’s floor–

Blanketed in white

Celestial colours speaking

Capturing young senses.

A vivid winter scene,

A sensual, sensory palette,

Reminding us–

Christ’s Mass is here.



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.

64 responses »

  1. 🙂 lovely. And, amen.

  2. i love this very much. merry christmas to you and yours –

  3. I enjoyed your poem very much, and was moved by your childhood memories of this season. Wishing you and your family a very sweet and warm holiday. May your Christmas be one of inspiration and holiness as well.

  4. What a wonderful Christmas experience. I can just imagine the magic of it (I’m a little jealous having never seen them) thanks for sharing.

  5. A very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  6. Merry Christmas and a lovely story. I can’t imagine what it’s like to see something that beautiful in the sky.

  7. So special Ivon. Wishing you a Merry and Peace filled Christmas and New Year 💕🎄🌟

  8. Hello, this poem remembers me a little bit on my own childhood. Thank you, and have blessed Christmas days. Michael 😉

  9. Merry Christmas, Ivon! 🙂 ❤

  10. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Ivon.

  11. One of my greatest wishes is to see a Northern Light with my own eyes one day…
    I wish you and your family an wonderful Christmas!

  12. Beautiful poem. Merry Christmas – JOYEUX NOËL et meilleurs voeux pour le temps des fêtes et la nouvelle année 2018.

  13. Thank you for this beautiful gift – Merry Christmas!

  14. Merry Christmas

  15. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  16. Beautiful poem and picture. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your, Ivon!

  17. Have a wonderful holiday with all of your loved ones 💫 sending joy hedy 😀

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  20. Beautiful. I didn’t know the nothern lights made a sound. That’s so interesting. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

  21. Nicely done, Ivon. Loved seeing the aurorae when living in Maine. Many awestruck moments in time.

  22. Christmas to me has always been just another day to make money. It’s always been easy to do since so many people don’t work on Christmas. I did so many home inspections on Christmas day for Jewish people because they obviously don’t do Christmas.

  23. Good to meet up with old friends when returning to blogging after rather a long gap.

  24. This is a very beautiful Christmas poem! I wish you & yours happy 2018. May it bring good health, joy and contentment.

  25. Beautiful, Ivon. Thank you for sharing that. You captured the experiences of a child during Advent very well. I’m sorry we don’t get to see the northern lights down here in S. Ontario.

  26. I hope you had a nice Christmas, as you deserve, Ivon. May 2018 be amazing for you 🙂 Your words inspire xo

  27. I would love to see the Northern Lights. If I live long enough. I have a friend in Alaska. Amazing photo my friend.


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