I Refuse

“I refuse.”

is an adequate response.

It is simple and succinct.

It leaves nothing

to the imagination,

or so I thought.

.

Kicking one’s foot

in the door

with cries of

but

but

but

what about me!

Is not an adequate response

(for you to give).

So I yet again

I must respond with,

“I refuse.”

.

If you decide to take

the next step

by trying to get someone

above me

(or perceived to be)

to change my mind for me

when I have already

refused,

you are not executing

a cunning ploy

bound to work,

as I still,

refuse(d).

.

I refute your claims

that I am honor-bound

to do something

that I never

signed up to do.

I do not have to do anything,

and even if you imagined

in a great big (pipe) dream

that I do,

I still

refuse.

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