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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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008  
Nashville Star

I'm beginning to have favorites now. Gabe, Melissa, Shawn, Ashlee, Pearl Heart, Alyson, and Coffey are in that order mostly. Handsome model Justin was eliminated last night, and Gabe Garcia had the most votes. I like him. He reminds me of a Hispanic George Strait.

Billy Ray Cyrus is host. Jewel is one of the judges, and I really like her. I've enjoyed her singing a long time, and she's thoughtful, supportive, and helpful with the contestants. John Rich is the Simon Cowell of this show but is usually right. Jeffrey Steele, the songwriter judge, is tough but fair and tells them what he thinks. I'm caught up in this show now even though I think the contestants were better in Can You Duet. These are improving, though, thank goodness.

Last night was interesting since they sang pop songs they had to make sound country. Melissa did a great job with "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper. Gabe sang "Livin' la Vida Loca" if you can imagine and made it his. Those were my favorites, but the others sang a wide range of songs associated with various pop performers.

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