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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.
Wednesday, October 09, 2002  

I went to the Dickson cancer support group last night. We had a guest speaker who is a research oncology nurse at the Sarah Cannon Center in Murfreesboro. Since I hadn't been to a meeting since my ordeal, they wanted to hear what happened. She said in all her years of working with lymphoma, she'd never heard of what happened with me. What can I say? For those of you who have always known how weird I am, this is further proof. She also said she expected a cure for the lymphomas and leukemia which was great news. Someone asked her about cures, and she said the blood cancers were getting closer to having a cure. That is great news. I hope this will be true with all cancer as soon as possible. The kind of leukemia Daddy had has very long remissions now and might even be cured. It hasn't been long enough for them to tell.

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