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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, March 16, 2006  
The Curse of MI

OK, I need some suggestions here. In 1996 when I was first diagnosed with lymphoma, I heard it on the phone when I called the cyto-pathologist from the lobby of the Bellevue movie theater after watching Mission Impossible. Then in 2002 when Mission Impossible 2 was released, my lymphoma resurfaced into intermediate which necessitated in my having chemo and almost dying from sepsis. I didn't watch it in a theater but might have rented it later. I can't remember. Other week while watching one of the previews before Failure to Launch, I noticed that Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in a new movie. Looked interesting. And then .... I saw the title. Yes, Mission Impossible 3! Yikes! No way I'll watch this one or acknowledge its existence after posting this. I'm going to pretend it's not there and no way I'll watch it. Well, I wouldn't have anyway because Tom Cruise ruined himself for me when he went nuts jumping on Oprah's couch, arguing with Matt Lauer, and verbally attacking Brooke Shield. (and poor Katie with Rosemary's baby) I wasn't too fond of him before all that, but it put him way over the edge and is probably why War of the Worlds did so poorly at the box office. Anyway, how about some suggestions to help me avoid the MI curse. It won't continue, surely. Things just don't happen that way in real life. Do they?

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