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  •  urso...who wrote this? did you? n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    peraspera, David PA, Yasuragi, ursoklevar

    "...always that space b/tween what you feel and, what you do, in that gap all human sadness lies. Blue Dog

    by rubyr on Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 06:45:29 PM PDT

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    •  How I wish! It's by Theodore Roethke (5+ / 0-)
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      rubyr, peraspera, Yasuragi, DawnN, Lorinda Pike

      Gorgeous villanelle, which is a very tricky form to nail. Roethke got every rhyme, and the rhyme scheme, and the repetition of lines absolutely perfect. Here it is in full.

      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.

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