Before

There was a time before when I was alone in myself.

There was a time before eating, before the time for eating.

There was a time before laughing, before Mary before a lamb.

There was a time before walking, before two legs and two lines.

There was a time before words, before watching them form, before forming a word.

There was a time before gods, before God, before, G-d.

There was a time before lie, before life(living and lived), before lived.

There was a time before kings, before kingdoms, before lionizing before kings.

There was a time before enumerating, before numerals written in dust, before writing, before dust.

There was a time before tenuously, Tevye, a time before Tevye browning above my apple-potato pancake knee, before apple or potato.

There was a time before a carpenter’s song, before a Carpenters’ song, before song.

There was a time, before there was, a time before.

There was a time before tedium.

There was a time before Alva Edison, before electric light, electric light, electric light.

There was a time before the curse, before the curse of before, before the curse.

There was a time before four, before Frege & Plato & Godel and Gehrig, for before.

There was a time before there was a time.