Roethke Wednesday

Lot’s going on. Busy, busy, busy. Classes ending. Old friends contacting. New friends leaving. The cycle always. (and I have the energy of a snail) Anyway, I woke up this morning with some lines from this poem by Roethke and thought I’d share. If you like him, there is a small sampling of his at this web site. Click here.

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.

6 responses to “Roethke Wednesday

  1. an always and forever favorite. thank you.

  2. Just like “Jewels”, waking-up with thoughts of poetry. I like the forth paragraph.

    Great Nature….learn by going where to go.

    LOL

  3. Makes me wonder if you have made time in the busy business to commune with Nature?

  4. Love the poem! “And learn by going where I have to go.” I love that line. Since I take my waking slow. literally and practically, I relate to this poem.

  5. Such a beautiful villanelle. Please excuse the inttrusion — I stumbled upon your blog through wordpress and have enjoyed browsing it. Thank you. Alison

  6. No intrusion! Everyone’s welcome. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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