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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.
Friday, October 12, 2007  
Book Festival

The Southern Festival of Books was disappointing this year. Tina, her mother, and I were especially looking forward to seeing Elizabeth Edwards, but she cancelled. I hope she wasn't sick. There was a smaller crowd there than I've ever seen as well as fewer book publishers. I hope they'll be able to continue having it, but based on thiss turn-out, I'm not sure.

It took us a while to get there. We stopped near Tina's house for her to get some sweet tea. For those of you not from the South, that's iced tea made with sugar when it's still warm in order for the sugar to dissolve better. The bottom split off the cup and spilled all over her, so I turned around at the next exit to take her home to change clothes. There was a wreck which blocked her exit, so we had to drive farther and back-track.

We all enjoyed spending time with each other no matter how the day started and progressed. But we wish Elizabeth Edwards had been there.

10:21:00 PM

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