History



before a beginning
is the end
of a another beginning

history’s a tangled skein
thick with knots and strands
of varied weights and counter-weights
it’s not a straight-laid thread
it’s woven with feathers and lead

when teased apart we learn
who has lost today and who is winning

who is floating who is falling
who is free or who is hauling
someone else’s freight
who can move or who is crushed
by someone else’s sinning

Jim Culleny
8/3/14

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