My no means less than your yes.
My no to you perhaps means yes.
My no is up for discussion.
My no can be persuaded or explained away
Or followed down the street.
It can be molded until it sounds like yes to your ears
But still no to mine.
My no can be worn down
With niceness and faux concern
Or violence from your tongue and fists.
Each belonging to the same masters:
Manipulation and control.
And after a time
My no’s become a yes from an exasperated mind and lips.
This is when I realise that language is not all the same
That some no’s are more equal than others.
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I am a journalist, writer and poet based in the United Kingdom. My portfolio includes music reviews and interviews with musicians and artists as well as political writing such as
the commercialisation of feminism, rape culture, and covering the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris in 2015 and the issue of freedom of speech and the media. My background is in International Relations and Security, but I have always been passionate about music and storytelling. In my writing, I attempt to place music in a broader framework of culture and politics. I believe that music and art can offer a powerful commentary on political and societal issues in the world and my writing and poetry reflects this.