I Politely Decline

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“Mom is Still Thinking About It”
2011, mixed media

Sometimes I have trouble saying no.


Yes But No

When asked I say

I can do it as soon as I find a ball of string

I can do it when I’ve mopped the basement

I can do it if the repairman comes on time

I can do it but I must check to see if we have any pickles

I can do it if there’s any soap left

I can do it after seven but before eight

I can do it once the cat comes home

I can do it but first I have to wash my wig

I can do it after I take a shower

and if it doesn’t interfere with dinner

or weeding the garden

or my aquafit class.

In other words

I can’t do it.