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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, June 22, 2008  
Back Home!

I'm back! Thursday we drove up through Kentucky on I-65 and I-71 through Louisville, across Ohio on I-71 and I-70 from Cincinnati to Columbus, briefly across West Virginia through Wheeling, and into Pittsburgh. We drove back today and got home around 8:45 pm.

We had a great time. The weather was in the 80's and pretty, and we walked at lot. Next time we go, I want to see more of the city and tourist attractions. We went to The Strip for shopping and eating. There are all kinds of things there - cut flowers, produce, clothes, gifts, coffee, chocolate, biscotti, gifts, and lots more. It was fun.

Jackie's party was fun with groups in conversations and good food. She and Ed were gracious hosts. Their Victorian house and beautiful gardens were relaxing and enjoyable. I'm pretty tired now but will tell more later.

Meanwhile, here are some neat photos I found online that are better than the ones I took.

Beth, I thought about you while we were driving through Ohio. Did we go anywhere near where you live?

9:27:00 PM

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