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The beginning of the end is a beginning.
The end of anything can be an art.
Giving up the greed, the lust for winning
Is the hardest part.

To be an artist of the end requires praising
Not just what went before, but what’s to come.
The fact of ending is itself amazing;
The lines that will define it, never plumb.

Beginning is a gift that comes unbidden,
But ending can be crafted like an art.
What lies beyond is mystery, and hidden.
Ending can be wholeness of the heart.

Summon heart, and its companion, breath,
To make an art of what we know as death.

~ Pat Schneider
Another River: New and Selected Poems
Amherst Writers & Artists Press