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