Poem about Could vs Should
Need to sort what I must do.
Things in queue are not a few.
Some for fun and those that must.
Schedule full, think seams will bust.
Pick up a bit here and there.
Write down, make list with care.
To make list of have to dos
Gives sour mood and the blues.
So I write down stuff as coulds.
Makes more likely to be woulds.
Don’t like shoulds, even from me,
So suggest quite casually.
I could cook, home made, great taste,
Or eat out, not good, cash waste.
To exercise class could go,
Or stay at home, let flab grow.
These are choices, things I choose.
These choices show goods could lose,
If languor over comes will.
Though lounging will oft win still.
So I make list nice and long
Start music, work list to song.
If got done only small part
Still ahead from where I start.
I am always over loaded with things I should do. Should is a term that implies an obligation, not a choice. I prefer to have choices in my life. A friend of mine read somewhere that the root of the word was scold. I could not verify that anywhere, but feel that there is a scolding quality to the word. I listened to yet another friend who suggested that I could remove the word should from my vocabulary altogether, replace it with could. I like that idea!
How about you? Do you ever use the word should? Can it be replaced by could?