Rejection Letter

I clicked open my inbox

and there you sat

telling me, I’m sorry, 

but no. 

My very first 

rejection letter. 

I love you 

for coming my way, 

for telling me

how it must be–

So this 

is what

I have to say: 

I am a writer. 

And no

nothing I’ve ever loved

has been published 

in a literary magazine

or sung

in a song 

you might know–


I am a writer. 

The way a married woman

may rarely shave 

her legs again

I, married to the pen, 

may never shave 

my words away–

trimming to appease 


or you. 

Or yes, 

Even You. 

I am a writer. 

The words that I 






into the wet depth

of tomorrow.  


5 responses to “Rejection Letter”

  1. Sidharth Avatar

    A very meaningful post, being a writer i could relate to the emotional sentiment. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post! According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Barbara Powell, Poet Avatar

      Thank YOU for writing and sharing your voice and experiences! I’ll take a look and drop a few comments. Bring on the creativity!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sidharth Avatar

        Thank you for respecting my request 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Fractured Faith Blog Avatar

    Brilliant. I’m on the same journey and will start submitting query letters in January for my first novel. Yikes 😳

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Barbara Powell, Poet Avatar

      All the best as you send those letters out!! ❤️❤️


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