Pushing Boundaries / Breaking Barriers

Begin Again

by Leonore Hildebrandt

 
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To discern layers
of sound and scent
begin again
to focus sink and strike
begin to rise into the rising
begin in silence.

Begin with a question
the human dilemma
of purpose and failure
your immutable tracks—
begin again
like a woman in childbirth
wailing toward her opening.

Begin again
bent over worksheets
appendices
longhand or shorthand
blurry-eyed
calculating remainders—
begin again in laughter.

Learn mathematics
aerodynamics and flow rates
angles of concrete
fire codes—
rearrange tree-rings
work in plaster or bronze
begin in the flesh.

Begin as a wound 
a city in rubbles
cracked like industrial colors—
record your confinement
and mold a black-barren garden
of abraded plaster
torn like the sound
from an open mouth
begin with a trickle of water.

Like a seamstress
assembling pieces
begin again
disrupted disjointed
begin with a whimper
unquestioned.

Begin again calmly
to trim and focus the light
set accents in red
a black panel tone
sustained—
be unconstructed
unconsoled
unstoppable
your hair pulled back
your head close-shaven
begin again naked and wet

end of story

“Begin Again” was originally published in Cafe Review, Vol. 25, Winter 2014

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