New Voices

OK to Say
By Laurinda Lind 


It’s the opposite of what John
Lennon said he saw through
 
the installation spyglass in
the leading version of how 
 
he got his second wife and is 
what the so-called president
 
said one week between planes
when asked if he would fire
 
the special counsel working out 
whether he’s sold the country off 
 
overseas, it’s what most of them 
said to Spacey or wanted to say 
 
to Weinstein or couldn’t say 
to Cosby or meant to say 
 
to Moore or were terrified 
wouldn’t work once they tried 
 
it on Trump. One consonant 
only and one vowel coming 
 
out the mouth by way of the nose: 
No. And what it means is no.



Laurinda Lind lives in northern New York where not long ago, wind blew trees down flat and unroofed a school.  Her work has appeared in Blueline, Comstock Review, Constellations, Paterson Literary Review, and Radius; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media). In 2018, she won first place in both the Keats-Shelley Prize for adult poetry and the New York State Fair poetry competition.