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couldn’t – poetry 101 rehab

I went to an open mic tonight that was really difficult, a room full of people all talking, and all I could think was…I can’t do it. But I did. And people stopped talking and started listening. Pretty tired now, but here is my attempt for this week’s Poetry 101 Rehab hosted over at Andy Townend.


I cannot. I can’t.
I shall not. I shan’t.
I could not. I couldn’t.
I should not. I shouldn’t.

I will try.

I smile. I do friendly face. I get up.
I try. I do it. I sit down.
I did it.
I couldn’t do it, but I did it.