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Topic: RAIN (04/18/19)
- TITLE: The End of Beginnings
By Francy Judge
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It’s beginning to drizzle.
Is drizzle past the point of beginning
after one minute or five?
After how many raindrops
is rain past the point of beginning?
Pearls of water
trickle down a window;
The beginning of a story
is not the beginning anymore
when you peruse the thoughts
of the protagonist,
when you feel the weight of the wool coat
as she struggles with a zipper,
when you hear the screeching of the train
leaving the station,
when you feel her tears sting your eyes,
and pray for her to see the light;
when you think her words
and dream her dreams,
fall asleep to the pitter patter
of raindrops dancing on her umbrella.
It is not the beginning anymore.
Does old age begin when you can’t find your keys
and forget what you were looking for?
The end of the beginning of old age when you
pass the mirror of a stranger’s reflection
and think "That poor, old soul
could use a plow to rake her wrinkles?"
And you step over puddles
and complain about bone pain:
“It’s raining. And raining.”
When does mourning end, joy begin?
When you see the sky zip open and
golden rays burst through the rainclouds
straight from heaven?
When maple syrup tastes sweet again,
and you don’t wake to a tear-stained pillow?
Have we reached the beginning of the end times
or the end of the beginning of the end times?
Have we reached the beginning of birth pains
or the end of the beginning of birth pains?
Expectant palms open at twilight
waiting to catch the newborn sun.
God says the end of this life is just the beginning;
Eternal time will always be the beginning.
It will be the end of beginnings
and the end of the ends.
The last teardrop
will ever end.
From the tears Jesus shed,
will pour raindrops of
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV
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