Number 63 – The Waking

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 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.

-Theodore Roethke

This has been one of my favorite poems since I was a senior in high school.  It reminds me to be aware of where I am and of where I’m going.  It reminds me to not put too much weight on my ideas of where I think I should be and where I should be going.

(photo credit: Satirenoir )

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One response to “Number 63 – The Waking

  1. I remember that poem! I remember liking it too. Was this for a class? Did we do something with it? I can only remember liking it. No surprise, I know. 😛

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