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I said, “No,” but I gave in.

I said, “No,” but I bargained.

I said, “No,” but I forgot

I said, “No,” but I changed my mind.

I said, “No,” and the child heard, “Whatever,”

and I wondered why he didn’t listen.

14 thoughts on “No

  1. Its the truth of our biased mind that we are conditioned to say no to any thing that the child demands, without consciously looking at it… We dont realise that the child has a new eyes and new brains with which he percieves the world around him… I liked the way you brought the child in… the verse.. Liked it…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  2. oohhh…awesome!!
    As soon as those “buts” start coming in, everything seems to go topsy turvy! And then suddenly, answers seem very elusive.. 🙂
    Brilliantly put here in this poem, Teresa!!
    Thank you for linking it with poetry potluck, my friend.. reading your work is always a treat!!!

  3. If this doesn’t SCREAM Shel Silverstein minus the rhyme scheme, I’ll eat my hat. That is a fantastic poem. I picked up the link from Monday potluck; glad I did. Most excellent job!


  4. to be consistent so that others know where we stand and what we mean by words we speak, is one of the hardest things – and as you say, no wonder children get confused… Nice poem.

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