Writings

Some Writings That Inspire Me

Found this in the intro to Mia Farrow’s autobiography, “What Falls Away”, and it turns out Roethke is from Saginaw….

The Waking
By Theodore Roethke

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.


Birding at Elk Horn Slough
(for Katie)
By Rick Solomon
[Medical Director at Ann Arbor Center, and Founder of The P.L.A.Y. Project]

How is it we learn the difference
Between naming and being present
The way the Avocet, in our scope up close,
Knows how to brandish her long tenuous beak
Waggling it to and fro through the tidal mudflats,
Surrounded, as she is, by the multitude of
Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Scaups,
Scoters, Grebes, Plovers & Willets
To dig up precisely what she needs?

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Also check out Rick’s poem f0r Zingerman’s Delicatessen Pulled Pork Sandwich


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