As in the Beginning

What makes us whole?
Spiritually people can get closer to God and try to understand him better. Physically people can get to know one another better

How does the tone of the poem change after the first nine lines?
The first nine lines talks about more of a problem that has happened or that could happen in the future, while after these lines, they are more emotional for the reader and the writer who has wrote the poem.

To what extent does the speaker understate or overstate the emotions associated with his/her father’s situation?
In these lines, “Give me my father’s hands when they are not broken and swollen, give me my father’s hands, young again, and holding the hands of my mother, give me my father’s hands still brown and uncallused, beautiful hands that broke bread for us at table, hands smooth as marble and naked as the morning, give me hands without a number tattooed at the wrist, without the copper sweat of clinging change.”

Which lines or phrases do you think express what the speaker is feeling most powerfully? What do these lines convey to them?
The lines, “Give me my father’s hands when they are not broken and swollen, give me my father’s hands, young again, and holding the hands of my mother, give me my father’s hands still brown and uncalloused, beautiful hands that broke bread for us at table”. I would say these are the most powerful lines in this poem.

What is the significance of the title?
It says in the end, “give my father’s hands as they were in the beginning, whole, open, warm and without fear”.

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