For a short, deceptively simple poem, “The Waking” isn’t afraid to take on the BIG subjects, like fate (see the "Fate and Free Will" theme), the various states of consciousness, nature, death, or God. From the very first line, and really, through every line that follows, you know that you’ve entered the mind of an individual who has a complex inner life, who is attuned to the many nuances of his own perceptions and thoughts, and who experiences the world from this place of heightened awareness.
Waking and sleeping are joined for this vision. They are both states in which deep observation about the world is possible. (Don’t try sleep-driving, though.)
The speaker shows us how feeling brings you closer to God—not as in, you know, dead, but as in spiritually in touch.