A poem I stumbled upon in college and got a good chuckle from is Christina Rosetti’s “No Thank You, John,” which is basically a rejection poem. There are so many love poems out there that they’re often super cliche, but you’re less likely to find a poem about saying no to something.
Prompt 30: a “No” Poem
Today’s prompt is to fill that strange void. Write a poem about saying no to something. Or about rejection in some way. No straight-up love poetry though! That’s for another day.
We all have experiences in our lives when we decide to say no. When we reject something for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s rejecting a romantic relationship. Other times it’s rejecting a path our lives could take. Choosing not to attend a certain college. Choosing to leave a job and go somewhere else. Saying no to a job offer, or to a toxic friendship. Choosing to leave a place we’ve lived in for a long time. Write about something like that.
Or, maybe write about a time you’ve been rejected in a non-romantic context. If you’re a writer who submits your work, was there a rejection that particularly stung?
Last year, I had an experience where I had a job interview that turned out to be what I’m about 90% sure was a pyramid scheme. I’m thinking about writing a poem about that. Saying no to them was very weird. As badly as I needed a job, I had standards. I figured it out halfway through my interview, which was awkward to put it mildly. I pretended to be totally all for it, then raced out of there and told them no over the phone. Maybe you’ve had a strange experience like that too.
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