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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.
Saturday, August 31, 2002  
Pretty Day

It's a pretty day today, and I hope it stays pretty for those of you with outdoor plans this weekend. I'm feeling better. Still have the huge neck, but that's going to be with me for a while, it seems. One of the Yahoo men said that he had chemo and radiation and together they work better than each separately, like synergy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That was encouraging. It's been over 3 years for him and he's doing well. One woman mentioned drinking aloe vera juice mixed with juice every morning and evening and said she didn't have a very sore throat at all. I'll get some at Wild Oats since I'll be in town every day. That makes sense and would be soothing.

Well, I'm going to get some things done around here and move around. See? I am feeling better!

9:22:00 AM

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