before a beginning

is the end
of a another beginning
history’s a tangled skein
thick with strands and knots
of varied weights
and counter-weights

it’s not a straight-laid thread
it brims with light 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


Jim Culleny


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