Day 21: Thanks, No

I appreciate your giving me
the opportunity
to facilitate you in your infidelity.
I appreciate the argument you make
how I came early and first,
but you were too confused
to understand my value
in the whole scheme of things.
I thank you for gifting me
with the chance to be the we
we were meant to be
and applaud your use
of a well-timed
“Better late than never.”

I must respectfully—or dis—
decline your invitation.
I find I’m elated, psyched,
with thirty years joy retroactively
that I was spared our
serious relationship.
Especially now I see
where we would be
had we been we
from way back when.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 21 prompt: Write a poem giving, refusing, or asking permission; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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