Always Beginning

Jackson Pollok 01

I’m thinking
of cartoons
that say
the end is nigh
on a sign of a guy
on a corner, 
ragged coat,

whose years
went south,
didn’t pan out

as he thought
when he was a boy,

the way
they should’ve but
didn’t, never made it

over life’s hump
when the light at a tunnel’s end
everybody talks about when things go bad
went slowly dim, went from fat sun
to lit pinprick 
in a scrim
on a stage where all are merely players,

women, men, strong, lame, clowns, crooks,
politicians running from, 
showing up
puking and mewling

—but then I thought
of the 
moment just before
when in the dark there’s nothing
 beginning always

Jim Culleny