Beginnings of Newness

Beginnings of Newness

The beginning of newness is a first gasp of breath
when the warmth of a mother’s body
and the whoosh of her heartbeat
become a shock of cool brightness
and cacophony of sound.

The beginning of newness is a first bumblebee sting
when startling pain turns anger and indignation,
to awareness of vulnerability
in an impersonal world.

The beginning of newness is first sight of a father’s tears
when the sense of his sadness overwhelms young confidence,
then becomes a pathway for empathetic insight.

The beginning of newness is a first sensual glance, serious and unsmiling,
when implication shocks awareness
of the quickening presence of tantalizing power.

Bonnie Marshall,

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