Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

*First “Small Stone” Concrete Poem: Folding Table

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Folding table next to my desk,

lately cloaked in old, sticky-backed

fabric, mauve roses and bosky

leaves protecting ten years of petrified acrylic

beneath, one dried artistic explanation atop

another. That’s where I feed the cat.

The room smells like fish.


Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright January 1, 2013


You will see a series of these poems, inspired by Satyavani Fiona Robyn’s Mindful Writing Challenge 2013, during which we compose what she calls “one small stone” per month.  A small stone describes something near the writer, something to help get you to notice and focus (big challenges for me).  I will try to do this more than once a month, yielding many, many concrete poems.  Thank you, Satyavani, for your inspiration and dedication to people like me!


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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