A carpenter's
shim is a tapered
slim shape of
wood tapped
in with a
wooden
mallet
to fill
a
gap that will,
unfilled, let
your post or
door-jamb,
for ex-
ample,
stand
less
than
true.
~
Shims are flimsy, easily split,
but they drive strength in
where there's need of it.
A shim's like a poem,
or a perfect phrase
in a conversation,
or a consolation,
however slight,
tapped into a
gap in a talk
between old
friends--or
even foes:
how more
efficient
a slim
shim
is
than a
wedge
of prose!