response to another rejection letter

Dear Whoever,

C’mon! I AM the droid you’re looking for / I’m Shelley Duvall behind the door / I’m Liam Neeson using the hard shoulder / I’m Harrison Ford outrunning a boulder / I’m a zombie standing on an elevator / who’s still there when you come back half an hour later / I’m the Pied Piper playing for one deaf rat / who nods as if he’s happy with that / I’m the butcher, the baker, the manuscript maker / I’m the cook, the thief, his wife, and a whole lot of other fakes / I’m the lady with the head full of snakes / who rinses and rinses but never quite convinces / I’m the baby alien that didn’t make it past the vest / I’m the original scream test / I’m Eliot Mess / and The Unworkables / I’m Gene Kelly and The Untwerkables / I’m Childish Gambino in a casino with a bambino / quoting Italo Calvino / cool & smart & he knows it / super cool till he blows it / I’m the Leastest Showman / I’m The Snowman / walking in the air till he doesn’t / I’m the Wizard of Oz that Wozn’t / I’m Toto, breaking outta the basket / I’m the witch pedalling like fury after it / I’m King Kong in a party thong / climbing entirely the wrong kinda tower / hurt by all the fire power / and stuff / trying to act like he’s big & bad enough / but even gnat bites have a cumulative effect / and you know the beast is gonna get wrecked / but hey / whatever / it’s inevitable as the weather / you just gotta learn to roll with the punches / organise some working lunches / and literary aspiration? / tough question / sometimes I feel like a skull on the windowsill / where Shakespeare maybe dabbed his quill / he probably had some better receptacle / but it didn’t make quite such an arresting spectacle

hoping all’s good with you &c

yours in limbo


2 thoughts on “response to another rejection letter

  1. I’m sorry to hear that, but what a creative way you have of venting. Thanks for sharing & best wishes for great success in all you do.


    1. Thanks Patti! I’m okay with the rejection (it was for a sitcom pilot, btw). I generally find there’s an hour or two of kicking the furniture (and writing furious poetry), and then I calm down and accept that rejection is as much of the writing process as anything else. And it’s actually useful, in that it forces you to appraise what it is you’re writing, whether it’s as good as you can get it, and also to question why you’re writing at all. As far as that goes, I know I’d still be writing even if no-one ever read it. It’s my way of making sense of the world, so what would I do without it?

      Can’t tell you how much your support means to me, Patti. Thanks again for the encouraging words. x


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