Friday, December 25, 2015

I learn by going where I have to go

My heart keeps open house,
My doors are widely swung.
~Theodore Roethke

Merry Christmas! I put together this post ahead of time and decided to share these poems before I realized that I'd be sharing them on Christmas. They aren't traditional for the holiday, but they suit the occasion pretty well in their own way. These three poems/excerpts are by Pulitzer prizewinner Theodore Roethke. The Waking starts about twenty seconds in:

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.

Read the rest here.


Once More, The Round
by Theodore Roethke

What's greater, Pebble or Pond?
What can be known? The Unknown.
My true self runs toward a Hill
More! O More! visible.

Now I adore my life
With the Bird, the abiding Leaf,
With the Fish, the questing Snail,
And the Eye altering All;
And I dance with William Blake
For love, for Love's sake;

And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.


An excerpt from The Light Comes Brighter:

And soon a branch, part of a hidden scene,
The leafy mind, that long was tightly furled,
Will turn its private substance into green,
And young shoots spread upon our inner world.


Live Your Poem has the Poetry Friday round-up.


Author Amok said...

I'll always remember the first time I heard, "The Waking," shared by a friend of mine at a poetry workshop. Villanelles are challenging to write, and this one flows so beautifully.

Irene Latham said...

May young shoots spread upon your inner world, Tabatha -- and in everyone's! Thank you for sharing these. And thank you for the picture of your beautiful family! xo

Diane Mayr said...

God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, I hope 2016 will see all of us learning to walk softly. There is only so much the earth will bear.

jan godown annino said...

O, this is quite perfect. I didn't know it - appreciations for everything here, Tabatha!

Donna Smith said...

Thanks for sharing these, Tabatha. I was unfamiliar with Roethke. These are wonderful!

Ruth said...

Thank you! You always share treasures!

laurasalas said...

I don't know his work well--boy, is it mesmerizing...Thanks, Tabatha! Wishing you a joyous New Year!