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You Can't Change the World

Motivation for those ensnared by self-doubt

By Matthew FrommPublished 6 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - November 2023
You Can't Change the World
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"You can’t change the world"

accept it, they say

It’s too big,

Too scary,

Too many people,

With forked silver tongues.

Too many screens,

All vying for beady eyes.

A sea of darkness,

Ever encroaching.

This blue rock bows

Only to the sun.

What do you have?

A simple story?

A phrase or two?

What are those

Against such monsters?

Against their bombs,

And their guns?

A candle in a tomb.

Wisps in the dark.

A light

where it is refused.

A smile deep in the shelter

When tomorrow is unassured,

A blanket under dark skies

When the cold slithers nigh.

A poem on loss

As a heart beats alone.

A story of a knight,

As the dragons bare their teeth.

Nothing more than wisps,

Tiny threads,

insignificant alone.

Until they are grasped,

And woven,

Thread by thread,

By hand and hand.

Into a blanket,

A basket, bountifully filled,

Or a warm hug, engulfing.


Against the cold winds

Of this too-big world.


You can’t change the whole world,

But let your words be the candle.

And without that light,

We will be lost in the dark.



This is for all of those who are about to embark on a writing journey in November--know that you have my support. More motivation here if you want it!

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Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶5 months ago

    This is beautiful… so inspirational… “You can’t change the world but let your words be the candle.” So true… thanks.💚

  • Maureen Y. Palmer5 months ago

    I really like this message!

  • L.C. Schäfer5 months ago

    I love it, and it could be applied to so many things 👍

  • Babs Iverson6 months ago

    Matthew, this was brilliantly written!!! Love it!!!

  • Gerald Holmes6 months ago

    Very well said. And anybody that is doing the 50,000 word November can truly use your words for motivation. Congrats on Top Story

  • The Dani Writer6 months ago

    A very beautiful sentiment expressed here. Congratulations on achieving a Top Story!

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  • Really nice piece

  • Christine6 months ago

    Keep going

  • Wendyxo 6 months ago

    Thank you so much for this lovely piece. It truly resonated with me… looking forward to more stories like this

  • C. H. Richard6 months ago

    The light is what we all need. Beautiful and congratulations on Top story ❤️

  • JBaz6 months ago

    I very much enjoyed this, it does remind me that November is the month to write. I plan on doing it just not sure if I can hit the target Congratulations

  • Dana Crandell6 months ago

    You did a fine job of putting things in perspective here, Matthew. Congratulations on Top Story. My journey into November isn't going to include NaNoWriMo, but it's definitely about writing.

  • Congratulations on your Inspiring Top Story 📝♥️✌️🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Cathy holmes6 months ago

    Beautifully said. Congrats on the TS.

  • Grz Colm6 months ago

    Wonderful ideas to inspire. Love it! Great poem Matthew. 😊👍

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  • Paul Stewart6 months ago

    I just made another update today on NaNoWriMo...it's going slow but okay for first attempt, but this beauty of a poem just juiced me up further! Thank you, Matthew and well done on a fine Top Story!

  • Addison M6 months ago

    Excellent poem. Very inspiring. Enjoyed this part especially. Nothing more than wisps, Tiny threads, insignificant alone. Until they are grasped,

  • Kenny Penn6 months ago

    Love this Matthew, great poem and well said. I’m already pumped for NaNo, just a few more hours!

  • Hannah Moore6 months ago

    After all, we are the practitioners and the shapers of culture.

  • Mohammed Darasi6 months ago

    very powerful Matthew. Great poem

  • JBaz6 months ago

    Yep that time of year again. Good luck on 50,000

  • Suze Kay6 months ago

    "A candle in a tomb" hit me so hard! Idk if you like rap at all, but there's a song by Brockhampton called "Fight" that this poem reminded me of so much, especially that line. The lyrics have always struck me deeply - it's about identity, growth, and the power of the self in breaking cycles. Anyways, thanks as always for sharing your words with us, and for inspiring me. Hopefully this will be my year for breaking my own cycle of inactivity in November!

  • Lamar Wiggins6 months ago

    "This blue rock bows Only to the sun." 😮 Loved this line so much!

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