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.

One thought on “The Waking – Theodore Roethke

  1. That’s right.

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 6:57 AM Edge of Atlantic wrote:

    > Bill Schulz posted: “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” >

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