As in the beginning is a poem created by a woman named Mary Di Michele which retells events that indicates regret, anger and bitterness. The poem conveys a story about a person who has lost a limb, and the message it gives off is about how when someone we love and care for is injured, we can emotionally feel his/her pain and it becomes ours in a way.
This poem takes place when a man with two hands gets one stuck in the belt. He loses a finger and has to pay around $350 to get a flat sum. When the hands belong to the man’s father, it makes him cry because of the upsetting occurrence and it becomes his own pain. He then wishes the incident happened to him other then his fathers hands and talks about how they were in the beginning, when his hands were whole, open and warm.
Speaking of this, what makes a person whole? For a person to be whole we need to have a soul, your soul is what makes you who you are. Your soul is a big part of you and remains to stay as who you are when you pass and remains alive after death. Having a soul makes you human. Being “whole” doesn’t mean having an entire body, it means having a brain that can get you a bright future later on in your lifetime, having a warm helping heart when someone needs you the most. Being whole means being who you are and having all the right adaptions and requirements used as a human being.
In this poem, the first 9 lines state the story that tells what happened to his/her father and explains what has happened and what needs to be done. As this goes on, eventually the story has a slightly drastic change in scene. The poem gets unusually sad and the son/daughter begins describing the empathy she/he has for her father and wishes it didn’t happen. The speaker begins to overstate the situation once he/she begins to cry. To overstate a situation means to over say it, to over due your thinking/talking, to make it more dramatic then it needs to be. Yes it may be sad, but sad enough to cry? I don’t believe so, although it is a sad story.
The speaker addresses where she/he is feeling most upset when he/she begins to tear up. When she wishes all that has happened has came her way. She wishes to have her fathers hands back that broke the bread for them at the table, which were young before the incident. The line in this poem that really gets to me is when she wishes that she could have her fathers hands when they were whole, open and warm, as they were in the beginning. The significance in this title is wonderful because it tells the story and finishing line about how much her father meant to her and the pain she feels deep inside due to a family members injury, how they were in the beginning.