Always a Beginning

Jackson Pollok 01

I think of cartoons
that say the end is nigh
on a sign of a guy
on a street, rough coat, forlorn,
whose years went south, didn’t pan out
as he thought they would’ve 
when he was a boy,
never made it over life’s hump
when that light at the end of the tunnel
everybody talks about when things collapse
went slowly dim from fat sun
to lit pinprick 
in the scrim behind a stage
where all are merely players—

women  men  strong  lame  clowns  crooks
politicians running from,
showing up puking, mewling
—but then I thought
of a 
moment just before
when in the dark there is nothing,
nothing except a beginning
…….. always
a beginning

Jim Culleny