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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, June 28, 2006  
Lizard Spit

I haven't posted lately because I've been more muddle-headed than usual. That's saying quite a bit, isn't it? Because of my slothful ways, I'm now taking Byetta, which is an injectible diabetes drug - not insulin. It is helping me feel on a more even keel and is supposed to enable people to lose weight. Yea!! I've been taking it a week and am not used to it yet. I was scared about the needle (which is tiny and short), but it really doesn't hurt. You can read about it here: Byetta. I've been in denial about my condition and preferred to think I could be insulin resistant until I lost weight and then be just fine forever. Of course, I didn't lose weight, exercise, or stay on the low-carb diet. Enough said. Why are we so self-destructive? This drug is made from Gila monster saliva, which causes me to wonder if it would make me immune if one of them bit me or perhaps if I'd become a Gila monster whisperer. As much as I like Arizona, I don't believe I'll test it when I go back out there.

Brendan stayed with me Friday and Saturday while Brian and Melissa were at Hypericon. I would have had him until Sunday evening but went to former co-worker's wedding Saturday night. Tina and I made the trek to McEwen for Eric's wedding and had fun. Next time I'm wearing comfortable shoes, though.

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