The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – What Can You Do?

I am as bad as the worst, but thank God I am as good as the best.

-Walt Whitman

I can’t sing.

I can only dance in a room full of bad dancers and alcohol.

I am horribly incompetent when it comes to the pratical application of mathematics beyond arithmetic.

I am disgustingly unorganized.

I can’t draw a straight line.  Or cut one.

I can’t talk to someone on the phone without talking myself out of anxiety by mentally rehearsing the conversation several times.  And then I can never stick to the script.

I can’t think of a better way to transition than to borrow from Goodwill Hunting-


There are so many things we can’t do, whether due to laws or restrictions, abilities, or physics that we often forget there are so many ways we can just play.  We all have so many gifts that we often take for granted.

When it comes to words, I can just play.  I love to play.  I need to play.  I have never struggled acquiring vocabulary, understanding grammar, or learning forms.  The ideas may not always come, but once they do not only are the floodgates opened, but the world makes sense.

I can make people smile.  Whether they are truly cheered or simply laughing at how stupid I am is irrelevant.

Today I want you to acknowledge your shortcomings, not hide behind them or fear them, and, more importantly, I want you to celebrate your gifts.  How do you play?

QOTD – What can’t you do? What can you do?

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

2 comments on “QOTD – What Can You Do?

  1. Chris Couch
    May 31, 2013

    I can’t draw but I can photoshop the hell out of anything.
    I can’t imagine holding a 9 to 5 but I can sit in a van for 6 hours at a time to play a show in some random ass town for nothing.
    I can’t really write about abstract philosophical ideas at all but I can describe situations and feelings in songs like a motherf#cker.
    I can’t really communicate very well with my loved ones, but I will bend over backwards for my community of friends.
    I can’t remember names very well, but I will remember your face and greet you warmly.

    Hope you are well Jamaal! You guys are crushing it with this page!

  2. Gretchen Torrey
    June 3, 2013

    I can’t watch Lion King without crying
    I can’t act worth anything, but I can more or less play 6 instruments.
    I can’t build a card house
    I can’t play sports without taking out myself and others
    But I can swat a spider with a shoe BEFORE screaming and running away like it’s going to eat me.

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