Friday, July 09, 2010

Poetry Friday -- I Learn By Going Where I Have To Go


by Theodore Roethke


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.




Carol has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at Carol's Corner.

PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK:
The 7/16 Roundup is at my juicy little universe with Heidi Mordhorst

7 comments:

  1. Dear Readers,

    Franki and I are at the NCTE Whole Language Umbrella conference in Indianapolis today. I'll pop in whenever I have a chance to post your comments and respond. Have a great Friday!

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  2. Have fun at the conference! Thanks for the little dose of Roethke today :).

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  3. Great poem! A perfect fit for my Friday!

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  4. Mary Lee, I had forgotten how much I love love love this poem which, even more than most villanelles, convolutes into itself and somehow clearly magnifies its own wisdom. Thank you!

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  5. I love that last line. Great poem for the summer! Enjoy the conference. I'm looking forward to reading about it here.

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  6. "What is there to know?" So contrary to the way I usually think, which is, There's an endless amount of cool stuff to know. But to really really know...this is delicious. Thanks, Mary Lee!

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  7. A beautiful reminder from Roethke to take the process of wondering and learning as it comes. Hope you enjoyed the conference, Mary Lee!

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