by Candace Butler

say nothing at all
let yourself go
don’t ask
yes, I saw
yes, nothing more
of course he will mistake your meaning
and interpret it to please himself
of course he is the kind of man
compelled to take part in whatever happens
you will certainly be invited
the invitation will come
make sure you’re there

SOURCE: “Yes” by Candace Butler is based on page 214 The Metamorphosis, the Penal Colony, and Other Stories by Franz Kafka, Trans. Willa and Edwin Muir (Shocken Books, 1975).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Candace Butler is an MFA candidate at Antioch University of Los Angeles. She is a writer, artist, and musician residing in her hometown of Sugar Grove, Virginia, a small town in the Appalachian Mountains.