It Is Not Much

      by Frank Ankenbrand, Jr.


Some men

Are born to greatness.

Give them

The Mount Rushmores—

Mountains of granite;

And give their stone features eyes

To scan the future.

As for me,

Give me a moment of truth—

A haiku fragment,

Carved from a pebble

To hold forever

In the palm of my hand.



First published in Modern Haiku 1:1, Winter 1969, page 3.