A friend gave me a copy of the following poem a long time ago, and I have always appreciated it. Recently, however, it was put into a whole new perspective for me. Without going into too much detail, let me say that tiny pieces of plumbing like the NUT pictured above were something that I always took for granted. Well, at least twice.
We all have a place in the world it is said
And some are the leaders and some are the led.
We all are parts of a great big machine
Where wheels, great and small, work with pieces unseen.
Consider your watch; which part would you choose
As the most necessary - the springs or the screws?
The nuts or the bearings, the large cog, or small,
Which one makes it go? Which part most of all?
Take your car - could you do without wheels, without tires,
The batteries, magneto, the spark plugs, the wires?
If you’d take off the steering wheel, take off the clutch
Or remove all the brakes - would it then be worth much?
No, the greatest flywheel could not spin without grease
And it’s held in place by one small simple piece,
So don’t be dismayed when you seem in a rut,
You’re important…though you may only be a nut!
- Richard Maxwell