No Is Not Enough

No, I say, to the child at my side

who’s clamoring for objects

that contradict my ideals

of parenting

101.

No, I say, to giving myself

the ability to speak

freely and truthfully when

the rest of the room

nods.

No, I say, to the blatant outcries

of racism, hatred, and hurling

of darkened words that burn

the souls of fellow

humans.

No, I say, to saying no,

and flip the script to

yes to owning your choices,

yes to my words,

and yes to love.

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