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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.
Monday, April 30, 2007  

Laila and Maksim were great tonight! Even though I just love Apolo, I'd like to see a woman win it this time and let him be in second place. She is so pretty and TALL! And we know how I feel about Maks. The judges scored Apolo too low and Billy Ray too high. All he did was stand there during the waltz. He didn't dance. All the others did. Surely he'll be eliminated this week. If it's based on dancing, he will. If all those Hannah Montana fans vote, he won't. John Ratzenberger does so much better, and he's 72! I'm in awe. Joey Fatone is consistently good and has fun with it and so much personality. Ian needs to go after Billy Ray and didn't deserve a higher score than Apolo's. Cheryl doesn't seem as enthusiastic dancing with him as she was with Drew and Emmit. I can understand it since he seems smarmy. It's down to the best dancers with a couple of exceptions, so it's much more difficult for them. When it gets to the final three which absolutely should be Laila, Apolo, and Joey, it's going to be close.

I'm so glad Laila and Maks got those 10's for their samba!!! John has grace and movement. Len was really hard on Apolo, but Bruno made up for it, thank goodness. We'll see what we'll see tomorrow night!

This was my last night to drive Tina to class. She had her last exam and has done all the work for her master's degree. Now she'll get a raise next year and be certified to teach. Well done, Tina!

8:36:00 PM

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