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June 9, 2017 – Theodore Roethke

This collection of poems (200) shows the wide variety of form and subject matter that comprise a wide range of Roethke’s work. When I read his poetry my mind goes into this lyrical place. There is a profound sense of listening to music when reading his work
 
Day 8: The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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; buth 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 you 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.
 
 
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