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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, May 27, 2007  
Memorial Day

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, and thirty-five soldiers and Marines were killed in Iraq last week. The numbers get higher and higher. Altogether over 3,000 US troops have been killed with most of those since "Mission Accomplished" was proclaimed. When I was married, my husband was in the Navy on a submarine, so I was involved in the military for four years and know about sacrifice and duty. I was part of a military family. I'm against our being in this war and was also against our involvement in Vietnam. History has shown that was a mistake, and many people know this is, too.

Being against a war is not the same as not supporting the men and women who are in the military doing their jobs. I want their families to welcome them home safely and intact. I want them to have the best equipment available to help make that possible, too. If they are injured, they need the best care available as long as they need it. So on this Memorial Day, I remember those who died and those who returned and most of all, those who are there. I wish they were home.

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