Little Victories – a poem by Dan Campion

Little Victories
 
Invidious comparison is all
that makes a little victory small. Don’t make
me laugh, you’re bound to counter. Small is small.
To which I’ll say: But you’re forgetting Blake.
You know, his universal grain of sand,
his endless hour. He knew, you’ll say, for us
to see the spirit flea, it must expand.
A tiny ghost would look ridiculous.
Then I’d insist a victory’s not a flea,
and naturally our talk would fall apart;
but you’d applaud me on my victory.
The sound of one hand clapping is grand art.
Once more I’ve pierced the needle with a thread
I moistened with a lick mere fancy bred.

Dan Campion is the author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism and co-editor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, a third edition of which was issued in 2019. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. A selection of his poems titled The Mirror Test will be published by MadHat Press in February 2022. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.