This Beginning


the ground has undergone

a subtle transformation, its identity altered.


William Carlos Williams (Paterson)


this beginning again and again

gets me down why the hell isn't it over and done with April is the crudest month

April in October in November in December persistent April like a tenacious root

and here we go      hopelessly beginning yet again with all the stupid senseless courage

of some decaying lopped off trunk absurdly breaking out


in dissonant green leaves