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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, March 09, 2008  

I used to say I was like a plant and came back to life in the spring. That's still true, but now that I'm retired, it's more like hibernation. I like to stay home and veg out. There's nothing like having a good book to lose myself in. After reading all seven Harry Potter books in a row, I haven't had that same pleasure since. J. K. Rowling tells a great story and does it so well. She deserves all the praise and money she's earned from those. I was completely involved in that world and miss it.

Brian gave me some good books for Christmas I'm still enjoying by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I'm been reading Good Omens off and on, love it, and will probably read it again later on. See how it comes in handy not to have experienced some things until later? Now I have time to enjoy them. I've just started The Color of Magic and will read Guards! Guards! and Wyrd Sisters from The Discworld Series soon afterwards. I never read the books he did while he was growing up and still does since he reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy. He's chosen some for me through the years he thought I'd like, and he's been right. Thanks, Brian!

But back to the hibernating ... I remember when I was on the go all time and would take Brian with me or get a babysitter. He was my little running buddy, and we went all kinds of places. I hope he enjoyed it, too, and he must have because he and Brendan do that now. Oddly, now that I don't have to get up early, work very little, and only have a cat for an obligation, it's hard to get me out of the house to do much. Oh, I do go places, but then I rush back home delighted to be here. It wouldn't be so bad if I accomplished something productive while I'm home, but NO! I fritter away my time and watch movies and TV, read, and listen to audio books.

After a while, I get bored being by myself too much. The next two weeks are spring break, and my teacher friends will be available to do fun things. I'm ready!

2:14:00 PM

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