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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, November 13, 2002  

Brian and Melissa are seriously considering naming the baby Brendan. I like that and know I'll call him and Brian by each other's names since they begin with the same sound and I'm bad enough about doing that with Brian and Butch when we're all together. Brendan Durham Cooksey - what kind of person does this name imply? Well, we already have some ideas based on heredity and environment, don't we? This is so exciting!!

I feel honored that they are using my last name for a middle name. I lobbied for it and wish I'd used it for Brian's, but Brian is his middle name. First name is Robert, like his father's. It's a wonderful feeling to have grandchildren and then for your name to be carried on is an additional special feeling. It's really touching. The most important thing is that Melissa and the baby are doing well. We are all so thankful for that.

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