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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.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002  
The Sleep Thing

Here I am up from sleeping a little at a time. I took a nap yesterday afternoon which felt so good THEN. Now I wish I were sleeping that well. I guess I did for a while. This is just part of it from what I understand. My neck is bothering me some since the Prednisone has gone from 40 mgs to 20 today. By Monday the swelling and soreness will have increased more. Dr. Spigel said the treatment will have the tumor mass reduced more and more until it disappears. I'm looking forward to that.

An odd thing happened today. I got an email from a feature writer for the Tennessean who is writing a story about local blogs and wants to talk to me. This is the way I decided to go with a weblog since it's a template (easy to do and free), and one of my former students (Amy Nickens) told me about it. Anyway, I told her I'd talk to her. I guess she did a search on which didn't really occur to me. This isn't that interesting except to people who care how I'm doing, and not always to them! It's just a way to let you know how I'm doing in a way I thought would make it easier for all of us.

Hope all of you are sleeping well and feeling good!

3:54:00 AM

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