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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, May 24, 2006  

In keeping with my media activism, I just bought the new Dixie Chicks CD Taking the Long Way. I heard on the news that Nashville station WKDF doesn't play their songs because the phone lines light up so much they had to install extra lines that would funnel the mostly negative calls to voice mail. WSIX still plays their older songs. As the Murrow quote I referenced states, dissent doesn't mean disloyalty. I love my country and am proud to live here, but I can see our flaws and point them out. It's no secret that I dislike the present misadministration and am outraged by most of their policies and actions. Why? Not because I am unpatriotic but because I love this country and planet and want the best for them. W and the gang aren't doing that. So I don't blame the Chicks for singing "Not Ready to Make Nice" and financially support their right to speak their minds. Tom Cruise is the reason I didn't watch War of the Worlds and one of the reasons I won't see Mission Impossible III. Remember the MI curse and how I'm flirting with danger by even acknowledging that it exists. He has become nuts and who even knows what all this with Katie (uh, excuse me, now he's decided she should be called Kate) Holmes is about. Scary! Anyway, I'm putting my money where my opinions are. I'm such a rebel. ;-)

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