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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.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006  

Mother's cataract surgery went really well yesterday morning. It's amazing how they do that. When we went for her follow-up appointment today with the doctor, I asked about the surgery. I didn't know a cataract is a cloudy lens and that it's removed and replaced with a plastic one. An incision is made next to the iris which isn't detectable. She has to use some eye drops and take some precautions for a week. She also gets to wear Roy Orbison glasses outdoors. So - very good news!

I spent the night there last night and fell asleep in the chair while I was watching a rerun of House and stayed asleep during the new one. Unfortunately, I didn't record it. Someone let me know if anything happened on there with Stacy (Sela Ward). I do know they are together in Baltimore tonight and won't miss that.

The best news of course is about Mother. I'm so relieved that it all went well. She's remarkable.

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