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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, January 21, 2007  
The Innocent Man

John Grisham can make non-fiction as compelling as a novel even when I know how it turns out. I'm listening to The Innocent Man and am amazed and horrified. I've been against capital punishment for quite a while and would refer you to Steve Earle's play Karla if my archives were still on my blog, but it's about a real person as well who was put to death in Texas. As long as we have the imperfect judicial system that we do, I don't want a death penalty. Grisham's book is about a rape and murder in Ada, Oklahoma, which you can read about on his website as well as check out some interesting links. If I'm ever arrested or called in for questioning, I'll have an attorney. I had to be a witness one time and hated it. Being on a jury wasn't as bad. In fact, I didn't mind that since there's time to think and no one is trying to trip you up. Watching that happen is different from being in the spotlight.

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