No Means Know: Poem

Do you like this poem?

Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available through Sweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble andAmazon.com.


More Fun with the English Language


No Means Know

I have come to know

the word no

in all of its glorious contexts.

I know that no means no

but sometimes no

doesn’t mean no at all.

This I know.

I Know this.


I have come to know

that when you say no

I don’t know if It’s really a no

that actually means yes

and maybe you’re saying no

so I won’t know

that you mean yes.


So this,

I have come to know:

That no means no

Except for those times when no

Means yes.

But when it comes to the difference,

I just don’t know.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price 12/10/11

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK is FEATURED IN BEST NEW WRITING (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, THE WHISTLING FIRE, SEE SPOT RUN ANDTHE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

Shel Silverstein also liked to play with language

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

CM,

thanks for reading my book. I'm glad you enjoy it! If you want to write a review, i'd be happy to link to it.

Peace out!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Jan. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks DG. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for reading and sharing, Vocalcoach.


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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Hi Justin! I had no idea this was you! i just was reading your Digging for China book (the revised edition) the other morning before going out for the day, and I was admiring your talent for realistic writing. I would recommend your poems to those who want to have fun reading. This poem was enjoyable, too! Take care, and keep writing! I will check out your other hubs too! Christina :)


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Ha ha, this made me smile and chuckle. Thanks to vocalcoach for bringing this back to life by sharing. Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Nice one and funny also:-)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Quite clever and well done!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ardie, I aim to confuse. That's my life goal :-)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Cute poem Justin :) My kids are learning all about no and know - I can only imagine their confusion if they were to read this hehe


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks so much, madmachio!


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madmachio 4 years ago from Kansas

HAHAAHA this is great


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks audrey. I always forget about this one!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I came back for another read--still love it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

i had to look him up. He sounds like my kind of poet... Thanks. Aurelio


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Ogden Nash lives! Voting this Up and Funny.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Raising Humans. I'm glad you enjoyed this


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Cindy, quite simply, Know


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Audrey. It's always a pleasure to see you


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raising humans 4 years ago from North Carolina

very cute!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This one truly made me smile. Who knows when no means no, or when no means yes? Will we ever know?


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Clever, clever write Justin! Had to come back and read it again!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Victoria. I love language too. Did you read Vocabulary Amusement or Into the Lake? These are also experiments with language. Thanks for reading, Victoria!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

How fun was that! I love language, and playing with it is so fun. You did it very well, PDX. Loved it. Lots of votes, including up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Marissa... that's sorta what was happening. I've had this conversation many times


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Linda. It does what it can


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

dmop... confusion was the goal. you're welcome :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lol. Thanks for your comment, Sonia


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

This is a lot of fun! It reminds me of a conversation between a husband and a wife (boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.) where there's never a clear cut answer.

Voted up and sharing!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I say YES this hub rocks!:)


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Nice poetic style, and play on words. I have enjoyed know other poem more in recent times, if you no what I mean. Now I'm confused, any way good job, I enjoyed it.


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sonia05 4 years ago from india

I know for sure that this is no ordinary hub, you must know too that you have a created something very interesting here!

very creative! voted up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

LOL. Indeed Sky. Thanks for commenting. nice to see you!


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

And so I guess now you know exactly that No means to know.

Keep them rolling on.

Bless.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Fullerman and Boomernurse, thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Well done. Voted up across the board.


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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

fun poem you know? haha great work again.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Yes, means yes and yes, this was a fun hub!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tara, thanks a bunch. i look forward to reading it and pimping your hub!

Victoria, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for calling me clever!

Homestead, LOL. Thanks a lot!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Your play with words is allowing us to have fun to, no? Did that no mean yes? I don't know...


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I know that this is no fluke--you are very clever! Great hub. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and funny! :-) I really enjoyed reading this.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

I really enjoyed reading this hub. I posted this hub on My Favorite Hubs of the Week. Beautiful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Cyndi. I take credit only for exercising my gift. For acquiring is, I give all glory to God :-) Thanks for stopping by and enjoying!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

You know you are so gifted and I don't mean no. Thanks for sharing your gift.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tara, so glad you had a laugh! Thanks for commenting.

Cloud, thanks. I've been known to be as such. Thanks for stopping by!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Cool stuff at PDX, your relentless.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

This is awesome. I had a good laugh. Thanks. Voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

you're welcome, Jinny. I'm glad you enjoyed this :-)


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

LOL Well I definitely took your advise and did. Got another great laugh at it, but I'm still figuring out what was funnier, the crafty way it was designed or the sound of my voice hearing the word "no" and "know" like twice per stanza... Either way I had too much fun... Thanks again man.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Jinny. I had fun writing this. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have you read it out loud? I recommend that!


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

Boy did I get a good laugh outta this! This is witty and cleverly written. I love the word play and the rhythm to it. Great, awesome and voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Jeremy!


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echoe0021 4 years ago from Conway, AR

Charming


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sharyn, thank you!

Carlon, thanks :-) And I love your take on this poem!

Sue, thanks. I appreciate the compliment. I hope you have a nice weekend.

Kashmir, thanks so much for stopping by!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for this very entertaining poem, i enjoying reading it !


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

Well one thing I do know is that you have written a very creative, clever and fun poem.

Voted up and awesome.

Enjoy your day. :-)


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Carlon Michelle 4 years ago from USA

Hi Justin, I love the new picture with your wife. Also, I like the poem. Very cool take on "Let your yes mean yes, and your no, no"! Smile!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Very creative and clever!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Mar, thank you so much. I very much appreciate the compliment!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oohh, I just don't no about you, PDXKaraokeGuy...!

You rule, 'quirky sir'! Have a happy one, mar.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

eid, thank you very much. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this.

chs, thank you for saying so. Having command of language is very important when you're a writer so I'm pleased to hear you say that!

MM and Malin, lol and thanks and kudos. Always nice to see you guys here!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Just so you know when no really MEANS no you are OK. Ha!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I do 'know' that this is brilliant!

Great fun and voted up!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Very, very Clever play on words, KaraokeGuy...I don't know, but if I had to guess, No, still means No...you Know, unless it doesn't really mean No...you Know?


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A very clever use of words.

Thank you for sharing and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Hi there, just checking how things are with you as you just came by my zone. I like the playful attitude of your use of words and your command of language - literal, though not. Have a good day!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed this one so I vote up up and away.

Take care,

Eddy.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I'm glad you liked this, V. Thanks for stopping by!


V Qisya 4 years ago

Very nice! I liked it ;D


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lyricwriter, this was actually born out of an exercise in a poetry book I read that encouraged you to write a poem using a word and taking it out of context. I didn't exactly do it here, but, it's the idea. I'll be reviewing the book soon!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Votes up PDX. It makes you wonder how many times you have heard or been told no in your life. As for me, much more then I have heard yes, although I can't say for sure if that is a bad thing or not. Cool poem.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

wow. lots of comments to start off. I appreciate all of your reading and commenting. I'm glad you all enjoyed this. I had fun writing this, for sure. Jen, you're probably right about this, at least some of the time :-) I appreciate you all!


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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

Good play with words.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

HaHa, A fun read. I know that you know it is funny..


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Scarface1300 4 years ago

I know what I like and I like what I no and this was great and I no it....LOL Got lost there somewhere I just no it....Brilliant.......Chris


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Enjoyed this poem, very creative :)


Derdriu 4 years ago

PDXKaraoke Guy: Do you know that I know that you know that you just don't know when no means no or yes?

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Loved this creative play on words. A fun read


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Great one, Justin. I think I have said this one to myself numerous times before, but I just don't know for sure. Blessings, Debby


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Do we ever really know when no is yes and yes is no? lol This got me thinking.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

all i know is i can't say no to this...great play of words...


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yes JAS, great fun! Justin now you know, what I know, is that yes is really no, but we know no just can't be yes, so now we know yes means yes and no means no. You know?


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Sounds like you're as smart as anybody else! :-)


jenubouka 4 years ago

This sounds like a guy writing about his lady, he will never know which no is to be known.

Awesome, and funny...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

My friend this was so creative! Loved it!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

lol You know what? I think you know what I know, but maybe it's a no no that you know. This was fun!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Audrey!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

LOL--pretty fun!!

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