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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.
Saturday, February 25, 2006  

One of my lottery fantasies involves purchasing land and having friends and family build houses on it along with mine. I'd like to have a large common building with a crafts/art room, exercise room, kitchen, dining room, living room, and workshop for all of us to work on things, work out, play games, watch TV, be on the computer, prepare meals, eat, and talk. I don't envision a large community but enough people to make it interesting. Paige sent me this article from AARP, which I get online but missed this one about communes for us aging Boomers. Apparently it's a trend which makes sense to me. What do you think about it?

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