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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Thursday, August 29, 2002  

Mother brought me some food yesterday and worked around the house. She cleaned out the refrigerator, vacuumed, swept the patio, watered the flowers, did some laundry, and dusted. That made me feel better. You know I feel bad if I can lie around and let her do all that. Mostly it's my neck. It hurts if I don't keep it propped up. I don't understand this swelling and am not sure wha't going on. I'll ask Dr. Spigel specifically Tuesday. If I need radiation, I'm fine with it. Whatever helps at this point!

We called Kathy to wish her a happy birrthday.

I slept last night from before 10 until around 1:30 and have been awake since. Hope I get some naps in today.

Blogger is really slow this morning and not cooperating too well. Hope this gets posted.

6:45:00 AM

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