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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, February 25, 2008  

As usual I watched the Oscars last night. I was glad Marion Cotillard won for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She was amazing. Since I didn't see many of the nominated movies, I can't speak about some of them but have an opinion anyway. I also saw Elizabeth: The Golden Age and commented at the time about the incredibly beautiful costumes, which won. Javier Bardem's speech and attention to his mother was sweet. All of the four winners for actor and actress were from other countries. Daniel Day-Lewis is Irish; Javier Bardem is Spanish; Marion Cotillard is French; and Tilda Swinton is English. Interesting. Of the nine actresses nominated four are Americans. Cate Blanchett is Australian; Ellen Page is Canadian; Julie Christie is English. Americans nominated are Laura Linney, Ruby Dee, Amy Ryan, and Saoirse Ronan. Of the men, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Tommy Lee Jones, Viggo Mortensen, Casey Affleck, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Hal Holbrook are all Americans. Tom Wilkinson is English. I don't really have a point about this but just thought about it. I like the diversity, and it's about the performances and the writing.

One thing I like is that European actresses don't have all that cosmetic surgery done and are able to move their faces and look like real people. Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie all look beautiful. Too many American actresses look like plastic after a while. I don't get it. They are playing roles in movies that are actual people who don't do all that. It's crazy.

I've been reading Diablo Cody's blog and am happy about her screenwriting awards. She's an interesting person and all this has to be a whirlwind. I haven't seen Juno yet but plan to. She and several others went on to have books published and screenplays produced via their blogs. I think that is just great! Right, Alistair?

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