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

A Small Poem

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Fruit fly on a slice of thin toast,
hard-to-read font (Times, I think),
a puppy’s eyelash,
the one-inch Buddha on my desk—
we’re operating in small today.

The freckle on my knuckle,
the blanket lint on my pants,
the birds’ distant dialogue,
and politics.
It’s all small.

It’s all in the eye of the beholden:
the crumb, the text, the hair, the silver statue,
the pigment, the bedding,
the sparrows, Congress.
It’s all small.

The willing squint to see,
reach to touch,
strain to hear—
or not to hear.
Maybe they just close their eyes
and keep their hands to themselves.

Not me.
I move in closer.

Copyright Oct. 26, 2013


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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