Poem: Renaissance of No

By: JD DeHart

No

During our most recent game
of “Are They Dating or Are
They Married?” at our favorite
seafood restaurant, the researchers
noted a distinct inclination toward
the negative –

This was not the cantankerous
negative experienced with certain
family members who, it seems,
build identity through random
oppositions and contrariness,
propping up self on a pile of no –

No, ironically enough, this was
a series of “I disagree” statements
structured from a position of moving
power, questioning the relational

structure, pushing at the spongy
boundary of misogyny,
a lunch that would have made
Betty Friedan proud.

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