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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, May 01, 2008  
Crab Attacks

When I saw the interview Bill Moyers did with Jeremiah Wright, I thought he came across as intelligent, thoughtful, and reasonable. Now after his continuing egomaniacal media tour, not only "not so much" but not at all. Now he seems narcissistic, spiteful, jealous, and petty. With friends like this, Obama doesn't need enemies. What a friend McCain and Billary have in him, though.

Jeremiah Wright has a crab mentality. This is a "dog in the manger" attitude that comes from the way crabs act that have been placed in a basket after they've been caught. If any crabs climb to the top to escape, the others pull them back down into captivity. To continue the metaphor, it comes from not wanting to see others succeed and excel. Wright has sabotaged Obama and is dragging him down. In the tradition of Willie Horton and Swiftboaters, now we have this. How sad that it's happening, and I so hope it won't destroy Obama's chances. Imagine! Potentially the first black president brought down by his black minister who has done so much to help improve conditions for his community. It defies belief that Wright couldn't let go of his ego long enough to help instead of hinder.

Dana Milbank wrote in the Washington Post:
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, explaining why he had waited so long before breaking his silence about his incendiary sermons, offered a paraphrase from Proverbs yesterday: "It is better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Barack Obama's former pastor should have stuck with the wisdom of the prophets.
Richard Wolffe told Keith Olbermann on Countdown that he'd never seen the Obamas so angry during the year and a half he's been covering him. Who couldn't understand that anger? It feels horrible when you've been betrayed and maligned.

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