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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, October 12, 2002  

It's a pretty day. I saw on the weather forecast that highs are supposed to be in the 60's next week and lows in the 40's. It really is fall. I hope the leaves will be pretty and change. Sometime I'd like to go to New England and see the changing leaves there since they seem to be even prettier than they are here. I'll find out for myself. There are so many places I'd like to travel. The way things are going here in the US, I'd like to live in England.

Jean (RN) came by yesterday evening and said my neck is looking better and healing well. She brought some information about wound care that Dickson nurses will be trained to do at NHC. They do this at Baptist, and it involves using the patient's blood and making a serum to promote faster healing. She said they've had good results with it, and that I'd be a good candidate for it if my doctor wants to do it. The pictures and article about it were impressive.

Hope you all have a good weekend!!

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