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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, December 21, 2005  

I meant to mention the death of John Spencer and how much he will be missed on West Wing. His character shared the ticket with Jimmy Smits's character for who I hope will be the next president, replacing Martin Sheen's Jeb Bartlett who is my idea of a real president. Alan Alda makes his character a likeable Republican reminiscent of decades ago. I enjoyed John Spencer's performance on LA Law and especially on West Wing where his Leo McGarry was the anchor of the administration. I was looking forward to his continuing on the show, which hasn't been the same since Aaron Sorkin quit writing for it. I'm sticking with it until the end though.

Also missed are Richard Pryor, who was a comic genius, and William Proxmire and Eugene McCarthy who were politicans worth admiring.

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