POEM: You Can’t Do That

They told me
“You can’t do that.”
I replied,
“Thanks,
I hadn’t done anything impossible yet today.”
It’s been a slow day

I suspect that we are much freer than we typically realize.  As Henry Ford said, “Think you can, think you can’t — either way you are right.”  Though, actually, I much prefer the more whimsical Alice in Wonderland (by Lewis Carrol):

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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