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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Charles D. Tarlton


In at the Start

Which I wish to say is this
There is no beginning to an end
But there is a beginning and an end
To beginning.

—Gertrude Stein, Stanzas in Meditation

"...cuius rei in symbolum super te hoc birretum impono,"1 the Chancellor says at St. Andrews' Commencement. A beginning that is an end; an end that is a beginning.

in procession
"juniors first" reverses
beginning, end
the past, old age heavy
coming along so late

it's not the same
the word "hood" in hoodlum
not so monkish
a shadow-covered face
hiding bad intentions

1 " a symbol of which I place this cap upon you."