As in the Beginning, a poem about the author’s fathers losing his hand in an accident. The author laments over their father’s accident, longing for his hands “as in the beginning”. Despite losing a part of our body, it doesn’t make us un-whole (well, at least not literally). Being whole doesn’t necessarily mean whether you have all your appendages. Being whole would be about your mind and your soul.
In this poem, the speaker describes his dad in an objective way, referring to him based on fact more than emotion. I think that the author only discussed the topic objectively in the first paragraph, and I think he only did this to describe the situation that their father’s in. You can tell this because later in the poem the author talks from an emotional standpoint. Which is a complete shift in tone from the first paragraph.
As the author grows to a more emotional writing style, he almost pleads to have their father’s hands back. The author even states “give my father’s hands as they were in the beginning.” Your hands are so important, yet we have become so accustomed to having them that we wouldn’t even know what to do if we lost them. This poem really shows the sadness of losing what we have that most animals don’t. Are hands are so coordinated and allow us to do so many things, without them, life’s a lot harder, even for loved ones.