It’s a big word, fate. Actually, it’s only four letters long, but it has a much bigger profile. If you believe in it—and maybe even if you don’t—it’s got your number. You probably know that fate has to do with something being ordained or destined. It comes from the Latin “fatum,” which means “thing spoken (by the gods).” And of course if it’s spoken, or written, who are you to run up against it and exert your own free will? Who indeed? Looks like one poet Theodore Roethke might be giving it a shot. He exerts his will in the way of a kung fu master, by using fate’s strength against itself. The speaker of “The Waking” seems to submit, even as he’s making his own way.
The speaker of "The Waking" totally believes in fate.
The speaker for "The Waking" does not believe in fate.