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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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008  
Lucy and Ethel Drive To Pittsburgh!

Tina and I have never set out for a trip with enough sleep the night before. This one will be no exception. I'm still doing laundry and haven't packed yet. I also haven't gotten our entertainment together, so we can play CD's and listen to XM radio. I'm so used to doing things at the last minute that it will come together.

Tina met me at the lake and we walked. That's two days so far. She said her dryer wasn't working well. I told her I'd offer to let her come over and use mine but my clothes would be in it. We'll get there even though we say we're like Lucy and Ethel on vacation! With my new hair on my Dancing Flame avatar, we know which one I am. Obviously, this one doesn't look like me, but my hair has been that color. I used to dye my hair recreationally and have had some hair accidents as well as some successes.

All of you talk among yourselves while I'm gone, and I'll catch up when I get back. If anything happens I need to know about, just comment on it here. You know how I hate to miss anything!

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