Any Other Day

Any other day,
I might have meekly taken
what I was given--
though it wasn't what 
I asked for.

Any other day,
I would have choked down
the food I didn't order
because it was wasteful
to send it back.

Any other day,
after summoning the courage
to protest and getting just another proof
no one was listening
I might have acquiesced.

Any other day,
I might have pretended
the situation was resolved
even though it was not.
Twice more.

Any other day…
but not today.
Today, I refused.
Today, I walked out.
Today, I stood up.