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Theodore Roethke – The Waking

Identifier

012540

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

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; 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

The source of the experience

Poet other

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Light

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Manic depression

Commonsteps

References