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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, June 21, 2007  
Mrs. Parker

Marilyn and I were discussing our favorite Dorothy Parker quotes. There are so many of them. Here are many I like because I can't narrow them down. Obviously, not a fan of Clare Booth Luce, was she?

"That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment."

Ilka Chase : "Not only was Clare (Booth) loyal to her friends she was very kind to her inferiors.”
Dorothy : "And where does she find them?"

A famous but perhaps apocryphal story is told of the encounter between Dorothy Parker, writer and wit, and Clare Booth Luce, writer and wit. Meeting outside the entrance to a party, the much younger and much more beautiful Luce stepped aside and invited Parker in with the now trite phrase, "Age before beauty." Parker swept past and into the gathering with the response, "Pearls before swine."

Frank Case (Manager of Hotel where she was staying) "Do you have a gentleman in your room?"
Dorothy : "Just a minute. I'll ask him."

"Take care of luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves."

"Heterosexuality is not normal, it's just common."

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.

"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

"Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy."

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks."

"His voice was intimate as the rustle of sheets."

"By the time you swear you are his, shivering and sighing, And he vows his passion is infinite and undying- Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying"

"It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes."

"Salary is no object; I want only enough to keep body and soul apart."

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."

"Ducking for apples -- change one letter and it's the story of my life."

"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." (Review of Katherine Hepburn in a play)

"I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it."

"I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn."

"The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue."

"When told that a certain woman would not hurt a fly Dorothy Parker retorted, "Not if it was buttoned up."

"Look at him, a rhinestone in the rough."

Have you seen the movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle? Jennifer Jason Leigh portrayed her so well.

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