The Needle In A Haystack

When you find your truth in a very large haystack, it's better to take it with a dash of imagination.

Like all needles, this is sharp and bright
but this is no ordinary haystack:
it has an infinite number of pieces of hay.

Not many people take the trouble
to look for the needle – it is easier
to pick up bits of hay at random.

There are so many and it doesn’t take
much to pretend that a bit of hay
is shiny like pure gold. The ‘people’

can always be trusted to believe
much of what they are told, as long
as it is not the truth. After all, the needle

is so small.


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