Danny Draper

Freshman - 716 Points (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Can'T - Poem by Danny Draper

A little word, a bit defeatist,
A gate keeper to progress
Or fun, crusher of dreams,
Negativity personified.
A sentinel to direct caution,
to introduce
Halt to flow,
Stop!
Hand break to happiness.
Can't do that!
You can't be serious?
That's against the law, I think?

What they didn't say
Is that it is all a lie,
Because you can do
Whatever you want,
(within the reasonable boundaries
of the law and social and ethical decency
and mores i.e. don't hurt anyone
and don't hurt children) .
You may not achieve success
But you are free,
With impunity to have a go.

The lie is disclosed,
The little word, a code
Written as an acronym
The power of can't to
Fail and dissuade all
From self-respect, potential
and personal achievement,
Control of the faint hearted
In one little word,
You can't do that!
You can't say that!
You can't fail,
because you won't ever try!
You won't amount to anything!
'Won't', now there's an acronym...,
Don't get me started...!
Can't say more,
can't for one more minute
support those sedating lies.
You are able to try anything
It is, and has always been
up to you, you can do it.
You have extraordinary energy
And a determination yet
Undiscovered as it has always been.
You are strength,
An individual with power and pride.
You now own Can't,
It is yours to disassemble
to deconstruct and deride,
To know within it lies the answer
To depart from fear or suppression,
Or to look deep within
To overcome and with
Renewed energy and
Fearless, stride,
and in those treads a
Quickening pace, to
Know it is more than a
Surmountable curse in toto.
A contradiction, an
Affirmation of perseverance
And self-worth,
A message delivered from
It's bullying shell,
Overcome with confidence
and pride,
The four letters a phrase
In growing confidence provide,
Can't, a word of despair
A blessing of hope an acronym
Laid in disguise,
Revealed at last
and by self, verified, that
Can't, is but a cautionary warning
To accept without doubt
the power of self to extend,
grow and overcome or
In defeat sullenly have decried,
It's not fair..., It's not my fault..., I...,
It's all a lie..., I could have...,
I could have, couldn't I...? ...I, ...I,
Could although never tried.

Danny Draper 31/5/2012


Comments about Can'T by Danny Draper

  • Lyn Paul (11/11/2013 6:56:00 AM)


    What great thought in these words Danny, very clever. Well done (Report) Reply

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  • (10/2/2012 8:11:00 AM)


    That's a lot of words to describe the little word, 'can't'. As a child I would use 'can't' to replace 'don't want to'.
    'Don't want to' sounded disobedient, but 'can't sounded more as though there was something stopping my outside of myself.....'can't do that, dad won't let me' type of thing. Good poem
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  • (6/16/2012 3:04:00 PM)


    Fantastic piece of imagination and common sense combined (i particularily loved the bracketed scenes) lol made me smile as i know its serious but that covered the reasons why there is so much we are restricted by...thanks for sharing a piece of meaning... karen (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2012 7:42:00 AM)


    You must have a continually flowing thought process.Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (6/3/2012 10:40:00 AM)


    Much wisdom here, but we do all have our limitations and there are times when we genuinely can't. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (5/31/2012 9:12:00 AM)


    Very true! Also, it's never too late to have a go.
    (but sometimes it's so hard to start) .
    An inspirational poem.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 31, 2012


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