Yes and No

remembrancer


I wanted to say yes

to the invitation to dinner

to the offer of company

to the slanted smile in your eyebrows

.

I wanted to say yes

to your desire for my body

the hunger in your eyes

and the scorching seduction of your skin

.

but I keep saying no

I keep cutting short your kindness

I keep pulling away from your soft hands

I keep flinching and shaking and clenching my fists

In fear, in panic, in shame

.

Of the past

When I didn't want to say yes

but I couldn't say no


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Comments (3 so far!)

Average reader rating 4.67/5

Jae

Jae

Who I am despises who I've been.

Will self of past or self of present win?

  • #2656 Posted 4 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Do you forgive, or do you move on? Great emotion in this piece.

  • #2660 Posted 4 years ago
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  • 5 out of 5
Storykeeper

Storykeeper

This is so powerful and so important, the way it deals with consent and agency and trauma and how those affect our relationships. Wow.

  • #2675 Posted 4 years ago
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  • 5 out of 5
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