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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, November 18, 2005  
We the Jury

My stint on a jury ended this week. We're obligated for three weeks, but I was there one day during jury selection when I wasn't even a semi-finalist, another day when I was actually on a jury and one when we watched the attorneys settle and try non-jury cases. We missed something horrible because they had one scheduled that was possibly going to last at least a couple of weeks with a sequestered jury. Whew!! They settled. What a relief.

This was an interesting experience and one I wouldn't mind doing again before the two years the judge said we might be called again. I was proud of our jury. Everyone discussed the details and evidence, asked and answered questions, explained, deliberated, and reached a conclusion in about 45 minutes. Everyone was calm, polite, and conscientious. It made it very pleasant and felt like the way things should happen. It's scary to have someone's fate in your hands, but by having that many people with different viewpoints and lives helps make it easier.

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