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Poetry Monday is ON baby.


The Waking, Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to 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.


---L.
Subject quote from "One Art," Elizabeth Bishop.

Date: 6 June 2017 11:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
Speaking of Elizabeth Bishop references, I really have no idea what your style of music is, but I could not resist sharing this, and it is not broadly known enough that I assume you will think, oh, that again. It is a song by Natalia Zukerman: Come Thief, Come Fire.

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