Stubborn Ounces


The poem is entitled, “Stubborn Ounces,” and it has a subtitle

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

You say the little efforts that I make

will do no good: they never will prevail

to tip the hovering scale

where Justice hangs in 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.

Bernaro Overstreet



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