Stubborn Ounces

(To One Who Doubts the Worth of Doing Anything if You Can’t Do Anything)

You say the little efforts that I make
will do no good; they will never prevail
to tip the hovering scale
where Justice hangs in the balance
I don’t think
I ever thought they would.
But I am prejudiced beyond debate
In favor of my right to choose which side
shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight.

Bonaro Overstreet, courtesy of one of my all-time favorite teachers, Jeff Blair, who taught the first global issues class I ever took