Song of the Builders

Here is a short post by Ivan Prefontaine, of the blog Teacher as Transformer. I especially recommend to go to his site and read the full poem. As I am a carpenter, I was first attracted to Song of the Builders in its literal sense. However, I read this beautiful, humble and empowering post 3 times now. In it’s metaphorical sense, let us learn from the cricket, and build up the universe. Thank you Ivan, for the inspiration.

Teacher as Transformer

As Mary Oliver aptly suggests it we each have a role in building our small corner of the universe.  Certainly, in each of our minds, it is not so small. It is rather grand in its own small way.

It is that small way that speaks to the humbleness we each undertake in being builders of something worthwhile and worth whiling over. It is in the natural world, the world we do not construct we find the great builders like the cricket. We can learn so much from their efforts and their places as we think and are thankful for what we receive each day.

On a summer morning

I sat down

on a hillside

to think about God –

 a worthy pastime.

Near me, I saw

a single cricket;

it was moving the grains of the hillside

 this way and that way.

How great was its energy,

how humble…

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