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Said no over coffee, commercial or cozy, twice or more
Over cider at dark cedar bars, yes, another
Sitting on a picnic blanket, planes above, the lake a walk away
In snowfall, my socks wet with slush soaking in
With words, over messaging, staying home, saying simple no’s—
In the car, long roads home, sitting on the bumper in the drive
Over sushi, it’s someone else
Practicing for a play, pretending, playing, pulling out
Said no a thousand times.

One of these, by the math, has to be the last.

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