• Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries

    Theodore Roethke
  • The WakingI 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 doTo 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
  • By daily dying, I have come to be

    Theodore Roethke
  • In a dark time, the eye begins to see

    Theodore Roethke
  • I do not laugh; I do not cry;I'm sweating out the will to die.My past is sliding down the drain;I soon will be myself again

    Theodore Roethke
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