What Can I Say

Hamlet (William Morris Hunt, 1864)
Hamlet (William Morris Hunt, 1864)

What can I say?  It’s all been said before.

What can I do? There’s always so much more...

What can I do that will open up the door?

What can I say that I haven’t said before?

 

What can I say? I am just a man...

What can I do? I do the best I can.

What can I do to make you understand?

What can I say? It didn’t work out like I planned.

 

What can I say?  It’s all been said before...

 

What can I do that will open up the door?

 

What can I say when “I’m sorry” doesn’t work?

What can I do after I’ve been such a jerk?

What can I do to make up for the hurt?

What can I say?  My words just lie inert.

 

What can I do?  There’s always so much more...

 

What can I say that I haven’t said before?

 

What can I say?  I may have said too much...

What can I do when you recoil from my touch?

What can I do?  I know I don’t do enough.

What can I say?  I think I’ve said enough.

...


-From Far from Perfect Blues

© 2009 by JC

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Fullerman5000 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I feel that the theme to this poem is about trying to be ogrinal and trying not to fall in with whats been said or done before. great poem.


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Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden Author

Hi Fullerman,

That works for me, as that certainly has been a theme to my life. It's not really what I had in mind when I wrote the song, but that's one of the great things about poetry--it can mean something different for each reader/listener, and thus transcend the intent of the writer! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I hear it saying that the writer is taking a keen and objective view of himself in "the bigger picture" and sees the perspective with a lot of clarity. It has a bit of resignation about it, but only toward that which is indisputable. He knows his value and perhaps simply would like for his TRUE value to be recognized and appreciated.

Good lyrics. I must go try to hear them put to music on Facebook!


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Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden Author

Thanks Nellieanna!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I like the style of writing in this poetry. The poem comes off as a gentle, asking of Forgiveness. For someone to admit there wrongs is very cool and mature and would make most of us easily say, "I forgive you."


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Joyus Crynoid 5 years ago from Eden Author

Thanks MT, I appreciate that.

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