Thursday, December 29, 2011

Start: a definition

How audacious to call anything a start.

Start is a moment that’s put on

auspicious clothing, a change in tempo

or intensity, but beneath that

just another continuation.

Start is the celebrity on the front page

of today’s media section who was yesterday

somebody’s neighbor, a person at the store

or walking through the parking lot,

like all of the rest of us.

Start is really only continue.

The infant’s emergence
furthers its gestation

from proteins incorporated

two or more generations past.

The New Year comes with a bang,

a pop and a dropping ball,

and then it’s time for bed

because tomorrow we have to go on,

figuring this out. Start is

a thin party thrown by Continue,

sublimating quickly

as a champagne bubble.

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