A Million No’s That Led to Yes

A poem

Teisha LeShea
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself

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No matter how often you attempt to see the brighter side, you get to a point when you’re tired of hearing no.

No, you didn’t qualify.
You need more money.
No, you’re not good enough.
No, not right now.
No, it’s because you’re a woman.
No, you don’t have all of the qualifications.
No, we choose someone more aligned with the role.
No, you’re not skinny enough.
No, you shouldn’t wear that.

No
No
No

What am I supposed to do with all these no’s?
Is this a trick?
Am I being punked?
You knew you would say no, but you wasted my time anyway.
No, that’s not good for you.
No, that’s too many.
No, don’t text first.
No, don’t walk alone by yourself.

No
No
No

Two letters with the harshest meaning.

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