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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.
Sunday, November 13, 2005  
This 'n That

When I googled to find that blog I was searching for, I found one that is great! It's called Time Goes By and is by a woman about my age who writes about how it really is to get older. Our careers and lives have been different, but we share some experiences, opinions, and concerns. It was also a relief to find her blog since a combination of words I could remember from that other one led me to porn sites. Who knew?

I watched Two Brothers and had a hard time getting through that movie yesterday. I didn't know much about it and don't think I would have seen it if I had. It really upset me. What happened to those tiger cubs after their mother was senselessly shot while temples were being robbed of statues to sell at auctions was criminal. All of it was. It showed the worst aspects of people. In one case, taking wild animal cubs into homes and expecting them to become domesticated is insane. Then they kill them for being who and what they are. (same with gay people who are killed literally and/or emotionally) If the animals are lucky, they are taken to a refuge. It's all about greed, which has become my least-favorite word.

Over thirty years ago Paige, Carl, Milton, and I used to get into these conversations about why people couldn't just leave each other alone and be satisfied with what they had. Carl maintained his "King of the Hill" stance and how that was part of the male drive to conquer and win. That's what drives too many businesses. The one with the most toys wins. It's not enough to make a living or do well without destroying the competition. Territorial imperative, manifest destiny, king of the world ... is it in our nature?

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