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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.
Friday, October 11, 2002  

Mother and I went to Murfreesboro to visit Mae while Sally is in Florida. For those of you who don't know, she's Mother's sister and my Pisces aunt, Charlie. She's doing pretty well but has almost no memory. Some things she remembers but will ask the same questions over and over. Then she'll still come through with zingers and funny remarks that are hilarious and right on target. She'll know what we're talking about at the time but then forgets and we start over again several times.

I hope Sally has a good time in Cedar Key and relaxes. She needs it! She's so busy working at Social Security, her massage business, the barn and horses, the house and cooking, and taking care of Mae.

5:51:00 PM

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