The Rejection Slip
Written from your heart, there are things you never see
What a literary agent will have in store for me
Filling pages with your flair; your book a work of art
Until the old rejection slip slithers in to break your heart
Not here this morning when we finished the manuscript
Twelve long years for an acid-free, rejection slip
Dearest Literary Agent – You will never know thee
Apology a form letter, you want to save some trees
Unfortunately, it’s over, should we read on anymore?
Is that a rejection letter knock, knocking at my door?
A letter to the Author, an impersonal insulting note
I have so many submissions; please excuse my need to gloat
Excuse me Literary Agent, please don’t call me: “dear”
Indignation on afire, get Debbie Downer out of here!
Dear? Literary Agents and, “sorry,” “unfortunately”
Just tell us to go elsewhere and spare us the niceties
Edits from the moon to sun, don’t see rejection slips
So thanks for respecting what we put into all of this
Say nothing to the hopefuls if you’ve no good to say
Let the Agent with the good news forward acid-free this way
Save perfunctory for order, lest a lesson could be learned
Spare the writer your rejection, no respect was ever earned
Writing, editing sowing, planting seeds to change lives
Dismissal to the Agent whom is dismissive of our strides!