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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Rejected
By Genia Gilbert
05/03/10


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It lay there, crumpled and scattered,
A mass of papers, all alone.
Its author discouraged, gone away,
To ponder what should now be done.

Her time, her life, had been outpoured,
With deep desire to touch and bless,
And now rejection showered down
To darken thoughts and fling distress.

She took a walk, in thought, in prayer,
Humbled, confused, and wondering how
The message of her written work,
Suspended, could be called back now.

She gazed around her at the world.
Its intricate design shone through.
How could mere mortal words express
The things that only God can do?

Then as she stopped, her head bowed low,
Sweet thoughts streamed to her from above,
“My child, I am right here to help,
And give you words to speak My love.”

Returning to the darkened room
Where the tossed manuscript still lay,
She grasped a page against her heart,
And vowed to start anew that day.

Rejection itself rejected,
She learned God’s lesson, treasured dear:
To try and try and try again,
‘Til thoughts, then words, came plain and clear.

It’s not so much what others think,
Nor how she fits in with the rest,
What matters most is writing truth,
And giving God her very best.


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Helen Dowd 05/07/10
Very good! I liked the way you brought the emotions of a writer into your poetry. How many times have we as writers been as discouraged as the MC of this poem seems to be? And how many times have we as writers had the feeling of being REJECTED!...Helen
Jan Ackerson 05/07/10
Love the double meaning in your title, echoed in the line "Rejection itself rejected". Perfect.
Mildred Sheldon05/08/10
I enjoyed this very much. One does not need be a writer to feel the pain of rejection.
angelos2 wark05/08/10

I especially related to the last stanza.

I believe that every writer who reads this poem should copy this last stanza and tape it to their computer screens. "...they that compare themselves amongst themselves are unwise..." That's Bible.

Your ending says it all.

God is our greatest Inspiration and critic.
He NEVER responds to our manuscript with a rejection stamp. Thank God!

Well written and inspiring.
Carol Penhorwood 05/08/10
Well done!
harvestgal Ndaguba05/09/10
What a cute poem, I love the message in it.
Benjamin Graber05/11/10
Good message every writer needs to hear!
I think this poem could be even more inspiring if you added more imagery to it. Otherwise, I greatly enjoyed this - I, too, really appreciated the line "Rejection itself rejected" - what a powerful line!
The Masked Truelovers05/11/10
good article for spurring writers to continue on no matter what.