In the Beginning, Now, By Jennifer Angelina Petro

In the Beginning, Now


Jennifer Angelina Petro



The day the banished couple

Sat desperately trying to sew together

The leaves of paradise, was the day

Poetry was born.


To attempt to go back you must walk

In pure sound and naked images,

You must grapple with knowing

The tree of life is still yours

And what, if anything, are you going to do

About it?


The snake was just being a snake,

And by that I do not mean—evil—

I mean whatever the next thought is

When trying to flesh out the creator,

I mean, whatever the next thing is

You do when you realize your nakedness—


Let these ideas, and all others, scatter, like

So many puffs of the dandelion,

Let any shame be gone, and your power be now,

Let your wonder become tears,

And your tears become words.






One thought on “In the Beginning, Now, By Jennifer Angelina Petro

  1. ” Let your shame be gone and your power be now”. This is very powerful and has been my mantra for awhile. Thank you again for reminding us ALL of these eternal truths!

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