a couple more ...

B is for before, the acknowledged antecedent of now, the innocent shape of earlier, the vague and beautiful cousin of “when”, the tragic mother of “will become”, the suicide of “too late”.

"E is for endings, endings to poems, last words designed to release us back into our world with the momentary illusion that no harm has been done.  They are various, and inscribe themselves in the ghostly aftermath of any work of art.  Much of what we love about poems, regardless of their subject, is that they leave us with a sense of renewal, or more life.  Life, on the other hand, prepares us for nothing, and leaves us nowhere to go.  It stops."

—Mark Strand, from “A Poet’s Alphabet”
in The Weather of Words: Poetic Invention  (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000)



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Lee said...

And "P" is for pondering....