for Warren Ellis
Lots of small victories is better than one big one.
No single victory changes everything. Lots of little
ones change a whole spread of things.
No single victory changes the world.
Victories are like snowflakes—each one’s part
Of a great blizzard, flake after flake hurled
Against grief and loss, like a lonely dart.
It may feel pointless, like fighting the tide.
It’s not. No single victory will fail
To tip the scales a little to the side
You fight for. Each one is a precious nail
In Failure’s coffin, or a tiny knife
That scrapes against the comfortable chain
That our kind jailers like to call “real life”—
That keeps them safe by keeping us from pain.
And if we choose to fight until we’re free,
That outcome takes no single victory.
Copyright 2015 Matthew J Wells