Prompted by a misreading of a Facebook field that actually said, “Write a comment.”
Start with a mountain range,
or a single peak, or a ridge
on the peak, or a string
of boulders, or a single boulder,
a stone, a pebble, perhaps
a clump of a few grains of sand.
You could do a novel on
a few grains of sand.
Multi-volume, intertwined plots,
unresolved conflicts — get these handled
before you move up to the continental
challenges. In your lifetime
you may never get there,
and woe unto you if ever the words
“compose an ocean” swim into
your field of view. That’s how
you die unfulfilled. A recipe for
drowning. A death sentence
you’ll never be able to appeal.