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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.
Thursday, March 15, 2007  
Update on Mother

We went to see the glaucoma specialist again today and got a good report on Mother's eyes. The pressure in her right eye is low enough that she probably won't have to do anything else to it, and her left eye will most likely require drops from now on since there is some scarring around the drain which keeps the pressure just a bit too high. Still, this is so much better than it was, so the surgery was definitely successful. We don't go back until a month this time and have been going weekly since December. Dr. Dr. Howard (she has a PhD and an MD) will be leaving us to go to California because she's getting married. It's Nashville's loss for sure. I told her I was really glad she was here to do Mother's surgery, and Dr. Howard said she'd make sure she was in good shape before she moved. She won't ever have a problem building a practice. Mother had the best and is doing so well.

7:12:00 PM

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