I taped two letters on the corkboard for the next writer when I left my studio at VSC. Perhaps the people maintaining the studios between residencies took them down, but I had stared at them for a month. When I arrived, I had a "to do" list with about eleven things on it. Finally, it whittled down almost all the way to one word. Stop questioning, and just do.
The referent is hidden everywhere. When looking up the word "fact", I came upon the following: late 15th century: from Latin factum, neuter past participle of facere ‘do.’
and when I wrote a line in a poem, "what mallard state of affairs," I had to figure out what I had just written and came across this: Middle English: from Old French afaire, from à faire ‘to do’
So... a fact and the current state of affairs: do, does, did, doing, done.
1. perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified).