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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 05, 2002  
Trees and Music

One of the trees in my yard that was a casualty of the ice storm lost part of itself during the wind and rain yesterday. A couple of large branches are on the ground. I guess I need to get the tree checked before all of it falls down.

A friend loaned me the DVD of John Prine in concert. Iris Dement sang several duets with him on it. I really enjoyed it and plan to get it for myself. I've liked John Prine for decades and have most of his albums. I couldn't believe the first three songs he wrote were "Sam Stone," "Paradise," and "Hello in There." That's incredibe! That was his repertoire when he started performing. When he found out he had to sing for an hour, he went home and wrote more songs.

The same friend turned me on to Iris Dement. She's only 41 but sounds older because of her Appalachain voice and delivery. She's pretty, too. She was in the movie Songcatcher amd sang a song in it. I think it was "Saro" but am not sure. Her voice blends well with Prine's. They recorded duets on his "In Spite of Ourselves" CD. They recorded the title song which he wrote for a movie he was in with Billy Bob Thornton, "Daddy and Them." For some reason it had a limited release and probably won't be in theaters but go straight to video.

I started wondering what kind of cancer John Prine had and who his doctors were since he's been living in Nashville since 1980. I found out it was squamous cell carcinoma in his neck and that he went to MD Anderson in Houston. Now I just need to find out who John Hartford's doctor was since he also had non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He had it about 21 years before he died. I think that's right.

Hope you all have a good weekend and enjoy doing what you want to do!

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