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Before Every Beginning

Endre Farkas

Before every beginning
like a pilgrimage I have to go back to you

to see you do things
                                       (the action
                                       as essential as the end

I watch you first lady of the garden
and water the plants in our apartment

There are so many of them
that I am often unaware of their presence

Your rituals remind me
how ignorant and numb I am

You work miracles for them
I desperately try to name them

My want to freeze
the essence into poem

                                       to make a church of it
has had the expected effect


but the sun breaks through
winter's first frosted window

and your presence & your actions
give us blessings we can be

from Romantic at Heart & Other Faults

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