I want to give the unapologetic ‘no.’
I want to drop it on hard ground
bringing no cushions for its fall.
It should smash when it lands
so all of its pieces are scattered and heard.
I want to give the unapologetic ‘no’
and only follow it up with a period
I don’t want to clothe it with reason
or adjust its voice.
It should stand on its own
I have lived the violence of ‘yes’
stabbed by the daggers of “um…sure.”
I want the peace
of the unapologetic ‘no.’
and yet still my full story.