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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 21, 2006  

I almost can't stand to hear news about all the deaths in Iraq. It seems to keep getting worse and worse. Going there was such a mistake.

Did any of you watch Anderson Cooper's interview with Angelina Jolie on CNN? The focus of it was about refugees all over the world and the horrible conditions under which they live. It was heartbreaking - much, much more than heartbreaking. So the conflict begins again about what to do about the suffering of others. We are citizens of the world and are affected by each other and need to help instead of making it worse. It's overwhelming, isn't it?

There are conditions in the US that are also horrible. The American Indians are living in third-world conditions on Redbud and Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota. The Gulf Coast is still in shambles with people displaced and destitute. There are other places in America that are unimaginable, too.

And now for some humor:

I heard an advertisement on the radio about someone saying her swim suit looked good. Mine looks good, too, as long as I don't put it on.

3:20:00 PM

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