The End to The Beginning

A Poem By Kay J Fields // 10/28/2011


I sit here, in the quiet and the still
I write here, with my paper in my lap and with my quill
I read here, in the room which whispers of peace
And whispers of things untold
New, bright, shining stories
And history
Things I did not know
In the world of adventures, of wonders past
The world in which happy endings
Might last
And sometimes they grow
Until the letters dance across the page
And the pictures glow
I will imagine I am there
Beside the ocean where the pirate sails
Beside the warrior who triumphs and fails
Here is the grief that death and war have brought
Still, here also is the victory of those who have returned
And found what was sought
But the story cannot go on forever
There is only so much one can say
Only so much a reader can taste and savor
Before the tale must stop and rest
For a while it must stay
I will smile even as I come to that last page
I will close the book
Return it to its place
To its shelf, its own special nook
And with a simple joy, I will return my pen
Knowing that, soon, shall I pick it up again
For when one reaches the end
In any good story
One can see
The beginning of the next
The adventure to follow
The harrowing quest
So what is an ending if it does not end?
Just a resting place
A place to breathe
A place to laugh
A place to start again
For the story may still be playing
Still frolicker in the writer’s head
So much to figure out, to word
So many things to be done, to be said
Writing is to me like a race
A race for running, a race for winning
But the next race is still far off
So until then I bid the characters in my world adieu
And I have but a simple phrase to offer you:
This is but the end to the beginning



 Very nice, Kay! 

Laura Elizabeth | Fri, 10/28/2011

The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --

So what is an ending if it

So what is an ending if it does not end?
Just a resting place
A place to breathe
A place to laugh
A place to start again
Those were great lines.

Anna | Tue, 11/01/2011

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

This was lovely!

This was lovely! I loved "So what is an ending if it does not end?...This is but the end to the beginning." I think it really touched me because I'm coming to the end of a lot of things in my life right now...and maybe it made that seem less bleak. Thank you for sharing!

little woman | Sun, 03/24/2013

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
-G. K. Chesterton


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