Day 2533: It’s hard to say

It’s hard to say why

  • greed is such a force in our world,
  • we’re not coming together over climate change,
  • people don’t care about the actions of their leaders,
  • we do things that make ourselves feel worse,
  • it’s so difficult for our minds to stay in the moment,
  • we judge ourselves and others so harshly,
  • it’s so difficult to speak up,
  • ridiculous prejudices linger,
  • we’re so afraid of people who are different from us,
  • the negative sticks and the positive fades,
  • awful people often outlive wonderful people,
  • I have trouble making decisions,
  • I stay in New England with all the snow and cold,
  • I keep starting new songs and not finishing them, and
  • I take pictures of so many things.



Hard To Say

by Ann Koplow

Some things in  life are hard to say,

Like “I want you to go away.”

Or “Despite what you did, I forgive you, okay.”

Or “I need you, my love, to stay.”


For me, I find it hard to say

A different kind of communiqué,

Two words you’ll see in a candy display,

Ferrero Rocher.


Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rocher.

That gets stuck in my mouth along the way.

Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rocher.

So easy to eat and so hard to say.


Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rocher,

Those chocolate orbs wrapped in gold lamé.

Whether I’m home or going away.

So easy to eat and so hard to say.

© Ann Koplow, 2019


It’s hard to say why I haven’t gone viral yet.

Here’s the late Dan Fogelberg with “Hard to Say”:

I knew somebody who must have found “Dan Fogelberg” hard to say, because he always called him “Dan Fogelberry.”

What’s hard for you to say?

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll know that “Thank you” is not hard for me to say.






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33 thoughts on “Day 2533: It’s hard to say

  1. hard for me to say real names for people, once I assign them one in my head that irrationally seems more fitting for no real reason. a woman I used to work with was named Laura but for some reason I always called her Luna and eventually she just answered to it and the entire office began calling her Luna. she said she came to love the name over time and adopted it. I love that you take pictures and write songs that aren’t always finished, that’s how life is, isn’t it? a series of pictures, capturing a moment in time, and songs, many without endings?

    • Same problem for me! Two people who have exactly nothing in common physically or personally always risk being called by the other’s name if I don’t first tell myself, “This one’s Mariah, not Shana…” Then Shana has the same name as someone else I know who pronounces her name “Shawna”, not “Shayna”. Same problem. When I see one of them, I consciously think out the pronunciation of the name of the person I’m seeing!

    • It’s easy to say how much I appreciate you and all the things you share. ❤ ❤

  2. A late friend often gave me Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I found it impossible to say I didn’t like them 🙂

  3. It is definitely hard to say why there is so much injustice in the world.

  4. I’ve been a person who’s needed a pronunciation guide my whole life, Ann. I will say easily that you are famously awesome in my opinion and deserving of wide attention. I will then say I’ve been in since the start of Ann’s smart blog!

  5. Those candies are amazing. It’s hard to say why I don’t buy them more often, but definitely a good thing.

  6. I love your poem almost as much as I love Ferraro Rocher. We actually live down the highway from one of their factories, where they also make Kinder and other things. No retail outlet though:-(

  7. puella33

    Now a days, I think it’s hard to say , ” i love you”, probalbly because it’s not tangible.

  8. One of the few concerts I’ve been to was a Dan Fogelberg concert. Why haven’t I been to more? It’s hard to say. It’s even harder to say why I enjoy your poem so much. It’s equally hard to say why Bloom County makes me laugh so much.

  9. I like that photo of you, Ann, and your song made me laugh out loud. They should put you on retainer

  10. Oh it’s so hard to say why it’s so hard but it is…………………..

  11. Inertia is the biggest problem in life. Once a person assumes a certain attitude or behavior, it’s easier to continue that attitude or behavior than to assume a new one. The longer the attitude or behavior’s been a part of one’s being, the longer it takes to sort it out for a new one.

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  13. It’s hard to say why Chinese parents in general very rarely, if ever, tell their kids I love you. But I try to tell my daughters, I love them more often. ˙˚ʚ(´◡`)ɞ˚˙

  14. I can’t think of anything that’s particularly hard for me to say. I don’t hold back too much. I often have regrets for what I say, but that’s a different issue. 🙂

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