Please Submit Again

April 5, 2009
By , Gambrills, MD
I got another rejection letter today.
I put it in the folder
where I put all of the other
“I’m sorry we cannot use your piece”s.
It’s right between the thin manilla folders of awards,
acceptance letters.
Maybe they’ll hide the bulging stomach of rejections slips,
or make me feel better about myself.
I try to make them look greater than they are,
the awards, that is.
I try to think I’ve won
that I will win
that the rejectors are wrong.
I probably shouldn’t save those slips.
I’ve thought of burning them,
throwing them out the window
one by one into the wind,
shooting them with a paintball gun.
I haven’t.
I watch them
waiting for the day those editors will
beg forgiveness
when my name is Money.
I wait for the day I can conquer my little slips of paper.
I can laugh in their face and say, “Ha! I told you I was worth something!”
That day is coming soon.
I know.

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Lola_Black said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Oh, that day is coming soon. I'm sure of it.
custosimago This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 28, 2011 at 12:25 am
i have two piles, failures, and succeses. if i stuck them both on a scale, it would say that i have failed more than i have succeeded. but to me, i can barely lift my successes off the ground, but my failures could run off with the wind at any moment.
xavier said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 6:48 am
good it is exellent
luvsoccer3000 said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm
i can really relate to this poem, i have failed and been rejected numerous times but you got to keep pushing foward
TrYiNg2FiNd_Me said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I reallly like this poem, i know what it's like to go through the rejection of hard work, art pieces you've put your whole heart and soul into doing, just to have someone say it's not good enough. So keep your head up :) you'll make it someday, for your sake, i pray soon :)


AshleyW said...
Jul. 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm
I like this poem :)
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