The difference between no and maybe


NO is a stop sign, end of the sentence
can knock your feet out from under you.
a completion, the final door bolted loudly.

MAYBE is a pause for creativity, a moment of
iridescent bubble hanging in the air
an opening to where all grows wild and free.

Either are available, both are useful
but one leaves you to face a single direction
while the other is a garden where roads are
not needed. You walk without a line to follow.

© Ali Grimshaw 2019

12 thoughts on “The difference between no and maybe

    1. I am so interested in communication and what words mean to people. This is what got me started on this poem.
      Grandma’s are the perfect ones to give maybes. Don’t you think?

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