I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. 聽
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. 聽
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know? 聽
I hear my being dance from ear to ear. 聽
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you? 聽
God bless the Ground! 聽 I shall walk softly there, 聽
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? 聽
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; 聽
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do 聽
To you and me; so take the lively air, 聽
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know. 聽
What falls away is always. And is near. 聽
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. 聽
I learn by going where I have to go.

Roethke, Theodore, and Hirsch, Edward. Theodore Roethke: Selected Poems: (American Poets Project #16). United States, Library of America, 2005.