Good Beginning At

Good beginning

Good beginning is half done
The saying is well known
We all know its importance
Any opportunity to embark upon is chance

If work is started with sadness
Who can there be happiness alter?
The foundation must with earnest and dedication
The success later is just an indication

Let it be with difficulties
But it must be with all the fairness
There is no use if you are ploughing
And watering earth with glooming face

The heart and soul must combine
And work must look fine
With whatever outcome
It must be welcomed

by Hasmukhlal Amathalallal

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Being Serbian like Simic I think this poem captures perfectly the collective subconscious of the Serbs. Happiness is foolish, temporary, almost rude (that’s why “I admit”) and can be shattered any minute (many wars in our history) . Gallows are always there but if you are summoned to a delicious breakfast with naked gods and goddesses – enjoy, for it won’t last, we all sit on last night’s snow.
Well expressed appreciation of happiness. Almost apologetic. As if afraid of being 'exceedingly happy'. And the surrealistic image of breakfast with gods and goddesses - little lower than the angels... Do we deserve it? Well rounded up poem.
Through antique panes of glass on three sides, I see verdant foilage, gently coloring; and, I feel myself fully surrounded, Suddenly, I am very happy.
In eighteen and sixty two, Sarah and Isaac asked the President to free the slaves. In nineteen and fifty eight; Ruthie and Roy Joe asked the President to ban the bomb. In twenty and nine, their Grandson Brian, Made a statue, reminiscent of these procreative deeds; And the three, were very happy!
I saw a hawk rise in the sky ; and suddenly. I was very happy! I believe God spoke to me; and gave me a feeling of well bveing.
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