Takes Two to Tango

Takes Two to Tango

Jadine Ong Veluya, Contributor

“It takes two to tango”

but only one of us wanted to dance.

I said no,

You said yes.


You dragged me onto the dance floor anyways

          you danced me through the music’s syncopated beats

          but my heart beat faster than the silent music.

I wasn’t dancing with you-  I didn’t want to

But you danced with me- as if you had the authority.


I said no

You said yes

gripping me with no finesse

my eyes wide open, my body tense

and after that dance and ever since that dance





Since when did no ever mean yes?