Day 6: Ode to Can

31 May

There is an ad on TV at the moment that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Not because it is Super Bowl worthy but because it appeals to the frontal lobe for a change. Actress Toni Collette simply recites the poem below. Poetry is so under-rated in today’s society unless it is accompanied by a catchy beat and sexy voice. Yet when I look at these words, on the page, in their raw form, I see art. There is so much scope to evoke emotions and images in a personal and individual way. ‘Ode to Can’ definitely helped me stand a little taller and straighter today.

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enough said

Ode to Can

There’s a four-lettered word

As offensive as any

It holds back the few

Puts a stop to the many.

You can’t climb that mountain

You can’t cross the sea

You can’t become anything you want to be.

He can’t hit a century

They can’t find a cure.

She can’t think about leaving or searching for more.

Because Can’t is a word with a habit of stopping

The ebb and the flow of ideas

It keeps dropping

itself where we know in our hearts it’s not needed

And saying “don’t go” when we could have succeeded.

But those four little letters

That end with a T

They can change in an instant

When shortened to three.

We can take off the T

We can do it today

We can move forward not back

We can find our own way.

We can build we can run

We can follow the sun

We can push we can pull

We can say I’m someone

Who refuses to believe

That life can’t be better

With the removal of one

Insignificant letter.

T.S. Elliot

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