That Big Thing

I’ve given up waiting
For that big thing
That will change everything:
The big break
That will launch a dream career
The big adventure
That will script a hero’s journey
The big idea
That will carve a notch in history

The thing is that bigger
Is not only not always better
It’s also not always what it seems:
Some big things (like coral reefs)
Are really small things made big
Some small things (like embryos)
Are really big things made small
Still other big things (like celebrities)
Are big at small things, but small at big things

So now I’m much more interested
In the small things
That are probably the essence of all things:
The scientist fathoms a big universe
By delving into its smallest parts
The merchant grows a big business
By doing myriad small things well
The artist paints a big dream
One small brushstroke at a time

Wayne Visser © 2017


Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.