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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 24, 2002  

I've been watching the Biography Channel quite a bit lately. I've always like to read biographies, so this works for me. It's hard to concentrate on reading now, but I can watch short shows and some movies. They had a piece on The Lost Generation this afternoon. That period of history and literature interests me. Digital cable is nice. I have more channels not to watch something on! Usually I can find something though from movies, HGTV, and others. Then there's BBC since Monty Python keeps us on the sunny side of life.

If you consider watching the movie Sweet November, don't bother. It was one of the worst and sappiest movies I've seen even though I stayed till the bitter end. Charleze Theron's character had non-Hodgkins lymphoma which is now making its way into the movies. Keanu Reeves couldn't act at all in this one. It was really bad! Bandits was good, though. Bruce Willis was funny in it, but Billly Bob Thornton was hilarious! Cate Blanchett was good too. She can handle a variety of roles and was in Elizabeth, Lord of the Rings, Pushing Tin, The Gift, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

My cousin Ellen's daughther Nancy and her husband are in NYC. They're going to see a play and a couple of ballgames. I would have loved to have seen The Producers with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in it. Now I'd like to see Hairspray since I heard such good things about it on NPR.

I remembered Benadryl and took some this morning and slept the whole morning and have been napping off an on. Bad timing! I'll take them in the evening from now on when I take any. I also take lots of ibupropen to help relieve this neck pain. I'm turining into a walking medicine cabinet.

Thank you so much for sending cards, postcards, email, and all! Those mean so much and brighten my day.

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