The rejections pile up,
First The boy,
Then the emails
And now rejections, in the form
Of sealed papers,
Arrive at my doorstep.
Like I need,
A physical reminder to
“I don’t want- you, yours”.
“It’s not you, it’s me”
“Your work is great, just
Not for us”
Neither of them having
To speak the truth we both know:
“The problem is with me”.
But that’s fine.
Really, that’s okay.
I’ve done the calculation:
6 months of rejected writing,
Requires 1 week of grieving.
ergo 5 weeks.
Then its back to pen and paper.
The world has told me
Too many Nos,
It has rejected me,
Too many times,
For me to reject myself.
Me myself and I,
We gon’ keep at it,
We gon’ be alright.
Frustration building up,
Emotions running wild,
Rejections piling up,
Dreams are waning by;
Hope is crashing down,
Life just passing by,
Pen and paper in hand,
He keeps writing on;
Such is the passion of a writer,
He still keeps writing on.
Originally written 14 October 2014
Facebook page: Words of a random
He told you, that verses were old school,
All the modern poets dwelt in lines;
So you bundled up all of your pages,
Dumping them in the dark of your house;
Only one- two lines just, he requested,
No one’s got time to go through a page,
And the heart that you poured into writing,
Crashed to nothing, within a sec.
You tried, didn’t you, to conform,
But the words wouldn’t make sense in two;
After efforts and hours and struggling,
You decided it wasn’t for you;
So you bundled up, all that you’d written,
Modern poetry was not worth the pain;
With his words echoing in the background,
You set fire and watched through the flames.
Who’s to say that you can’t be a poet,
Just because you refuse to conform,
To a particular style of writing,
While beauty resides in every form.
Seasons fade from autumn to winter,
But the truth of the fact still remains,
Some would prefer the winter in autumn,
Some would choose the other way;
Write two lines if you wish or long pages,
Write because- you have something to say.
For this week’s inspiration, I found this quote that was written by a friend of mine, Aminah Ojetola. This is a first for me, hearing the word ‘NO’ used in such way and it inspired me. We as writers, hear Nos’ a lot of times- whether it’s a story that gets rejected or a poem that wasn’t selected. Even this week, I submitted a poem which didn’t get short listed. And that was when I saw this quote, at a time when I needed it. I hope this inspires you all as much it has me. And remember the next time you hear the word No, it simply means “on to the Next Option”.
Hopefully this time, I’m not the last to submit in my writer’s quote 😉 .
Sticks & stones
If you’d like to participate in Writer’s quote Wednesday or would love to read more inspirational quotes, then head over to Silver threading where she is hosting this event.