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,
as a champagne bubble.