As in the Beginning

What makes us whole?

– The love of God makes us whole, He is the one that guides us towards peace, happiness, and wholeness that we all desire. Jesus healed the people that followed not the people who encountered Him. So to be healed we have to follow Jesus which then will lead us to wholeness.

Why does the speaker describe the “man” so objectively in the first nine lines of the poem.

– The speaker describes the man so objectively because maybe he wants to grab the readers attention and make them wonder whats going to happen next as they are reading. Also to explain what the speaker father is going through before the speaker can describes its feelings.

Which lines or phrases do you think express what the speaker is feeling most powerfully? What do these lines convey to them?

– “When the hands are my fathers hands it makes me cry although my pen must keep scratching its head across a page of another night”. I think these lines express what the reader is feeling most powerfully because it communicates to the reader that the speaker has to deal with this everyday and night.

What is the significance of the title?

– The significance of the title when compared to the poem is that this girl wants life to be as it were earlier in her life when her fathers hands were not broken or swollen but as they were before.  She wants her father to live without fear and be whole again, open and warm.

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