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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, December 08, 2005  
Book Lover's Quiz

1. Children's - Who describes the ups and downs of coexisting with primates in My Life with the Chimpanzees?
2. Classics - What novel resulted when the San Francisco News sent a reporter to investigate the plight of Depression-era migrant farm workers?
3. Non-Fiction - What pop star thrilled fans with details of her gastric bypass surgery in the book Gut Feelings?
4. Book Club - Who presented Any Woman's Blues, a faux autobiography of painter Leila Sand, as if her recurring character Isdora Wing had written it?
5. Authors - What author led the Merry Pranksters in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?
6. Book Bag - Whose Olivia Goldsmith novel about the book trade features the writer of a 1,114-page manuscript who commits suicide after her 23rd rejection letter?

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