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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.
Thursday, October 13, 2005  
Did You Know?

What esoteric oddities of information do you know that don't really work themselves into conversations? I was able to use many of mine when I taught but some never made it. For example, Patrick Sky made Buffy Sainte-Marie's mouthbow which she plays on "Groundhog" and other songs that I still know the words to. Mimi Fariña is the sister of Joan Baez. Her husband Richard Fariña played the dulcimer on several albums ("Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Carry It On" with Joan Baez and also Judy Collins) and was killed in a motorcycle accident. I have one album by Mimi and Richard (who were both of Celtic and Hispanic ancestry) as well as a copy of his book Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. I was a big folk music fan and learned a lot about it. When I played my albums, I'd tell Brian all kinds of things about it which gave him a diverse music background. He played my Beatles albums more than I did when he got older and looked quite a bit like John Lennon when he was in college. I wish I'd taken a picture of him when he did. It was neat.

Tell us some things you know. Here's your chance! We can learn from each other.

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