the horseshoe nail

i flipped open my book of instant karma
— binding stiff, unopened since
the exchange of funds in February
made it mine —
and it told me:

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing
because you can only do little.
Do What You Can.

i marked the page.

i went to a meeting, where
we share equally a virtue and a vice,
and i heard:

You don’t have to run a marathon,
or benchpress your weight in hammers to succeed.
Do What You Can.

the memory of ubiquitous wisdom tugs at me:

You must be the change
you wish to see in the world.

and at the same time whispers rise
of tall oaks and tiny acorns
like wind in the branches that will one day toss
above the shriveled seed that gave itself
for its descendant


that rains life in sharp thwacks of capped
crusaders on dead leaves, missionaries spreading their gospel of growth
over the forest floor.


like a wind in the door, change ripples
over the microcosm
through the macrocosm
vibrating ley lines and space/time and we must
Do What We Can
in the now, in the here,
for we cannot conceive where the ripples may go —
the pattern’s too big

the message

written in stone, great grooves in the floor
of the city, too big.
it’s right there, we’re inside it, we’ve touched it,
but still we can’t see

only in hindsight, we might perceive
and stumbling, lost, lacking that hint, all we can do
is Do What We Can.

lost —
the message, the battle, the war, the kingdom
lost —
for the want of a horseshoe nail.



  1. ephesiagrammata said,

    April 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I like.

    I’m going to steal the descendent ascendent for something I’ve been working on that has an underlying theme of trees. Luckily you married me so you’re unlikely to sue/kill me. =)

  2. krishyana said,

    April 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

    hehee đŸ˜‰

    I like this too. It could almost be two poems or an even longer poem in a few ‘acts,’ because of the many pieces there. I like the single word transitions a lot, because they almost seem like sub topics leading down from one to the other. i like the idea of “messengers” and “the message.”

  3. freundlyfolk said,

    April 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    i want to do an animation for this.
    i need to learn how to do the animations.

    (but this is awesome)

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