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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.
Sunday, April 09, 2006  
New Blog Coming Soon

Four of my friends and I are creating a new blog which I'll tell you about as soon as I can get all of them to get on board with it. We're five women with accents and of various ages. All of us are teachers. Two of us (Rachel and Tina) are poets and fiction writers, too, so expect some poetry from them. All of them are fascinating, witty, intelligent, and wonderful friends!

Rachel has recently retired from teaching English and Creative Writing at DCHS but teaches at Nashville Tech and conducts training seminars at Teksid. Her son Ethan is guidance counselor at Stuart-Burns Elementary.

Tina teaches English and Creative Writing at Creek Wood in my former classroom and has two sons. She's involved in community theater at the Renaissance Center and has been in several productions as well as been stage manager of others. Her sons are also involved in the theater there.

Jackie is a storyteller who presented her show at the Renaissance Center. She lives in Pittsburgh now with her husband Ed and daughter Chloe. She used to teach at Carnegie-Mellon and still teaches at some community colleges but is going back to school to become certified to teach high school. She'll be one of the few high school business teachers with an MBA.

Molly, the youngest of us, teaches English at Dickson High School and is a yard sale expert. She and her mother are involved in that one that goes on for miles across several states. Molly has had interesting jobs she might mention on the blog.

So stay tuned! I'll let you know when we have something for you to read and give you the link to it.

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