As in the Beginning

What makes us whole?

Whole, Open, Warm, And without fear is to be whole.

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

To get the point across that he lost his fingers and how he lost them so we can get to the main point of the poem.

How does the tone of the poem change after the first nine lines?

It gets sweeter and sadder and softer.

To what extent does the speaker understate or overstate the emotions associated with his/her father’s situation? He talks deeply about what the father was like and gives a vivid description of the man’s father’s hands.

Which lines or phrases do you think express what the speaker is feeling most powerfully? What do these lines convey to them? I think that he is expressing the way he misses how his father used to be.

What is the significance of the title? The beginning was different from how things are now.

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