Monday, May 18, 2009

I Wake To Sleep

I stayed up way past my bedtime last night, shopping on Amazon long after I'd found what I was looking for.

So, struggling to open my eyes this morning, I of course thought of
Theodore Roethke's awed and awe-inspiring villanelle,
"The Waking," which begins:
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.
I last wrote a villanelle many slow wakings ago, when I was 16, and the sonorous beauty of the form (Dylan Thomas's better-known "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" is another example), which will now stay with me all day, is inspiring me to try another one.

But first I have to get some dog biscuits, and a duvet cover, and...

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