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The following is a piece of writing submitted by Laura on May 11, 2009
"This is kind of a rough draft - it's late at night and I need to get to bed, but I wanted to finish this first. I intentionally avoided sticking with a strict meter, but if anyone has any suggestions about word choice or anything, let me know."

Thank you for saying no

There were times when my world was quite tiny,
and I saw little more than my wants -
when I viewed each desire like a great forest fire
leaping out and requiring response.
But in moments like these, there was wisdom enough
from those who would help me to grow -
though the cookie or toy was denied at the time,
I can thank them for telling me no.

Some years later, I took a great risk,
in confessing my love for someone,
but after the tears, they confirmed all my fears,
and what I had offered was shunned.
And yet broken hearts heal, growing stronger in time,
and I found better friends to follow.
If I saw my old flame, I would smile without shame,
and say "thank you for telling me no."

And still now, though I've learned from the past,
I still act like a child sometimes -
whether shaking my fist at the ceiling,
or pouting long past my 'bedtime.'
But I know there are plans I'm not privy to,
I need only to trust and let go,
So that when I look back, I can humbly be glad,
of the times when the answer was no.

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