Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler


The Rejection Slip - Poem by Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler

all would-be poets, take note!
proofread that so-called poem you just wrote!
those who aspire for more Famous Days
please steer clear of these clichés:

so what if your heart
beats,
leaps,
bleeds,
weeps,
throbs,
breaks,
soars,
aches,
cries
sighs
skips,
or dies?
hearts are ever in a state of perpetual disrepair
we don’t need you to tell us

who cares if your soul
tears,
flips,
fades,
rips,
shimmers,
dances,
glistens,
prances,
bounces,
flounces,
shivers,
or trounces?
souls are soiled and sold in bars and airports everywhere
we don’t need you to tell us

we already know the world is
small,
doomed,
cruel,
entombed,
spoiled,
alone,
frigid,
a stone,
squeezed,
diseased,
dismantled,
displeased
the world is a brutal desert, mercilessly fallow
we don’t need you to tell us

don’t go on about how your poetry
moves,
sways,
dives,
plays,
hates,
doesn’t,
is,
wasn’t,
entreats
defeats
scores,
then retreats
the very art itself is narcissistically shallow
we don’t need you to prove it

all would be poets, take heed!
before you publish your crap to read,
consider these guidelines lest they be your death
by wasted ink, wasted pages, wasted hours, wasted breath!


Comments about The Rejection Slip by Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler

  • (6/20/2007 3:58:00 PM)

    Today the top 500, tomorrow the world! (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/6/2007 6:33:00 AM)

    Very creative, creating a poem consisting of what should not be in one. Intresting angle. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (7/13/2006 10:19:00 PM)

    All I can say is 'amen.' So true. So true. That said, YOUR poem affected me profoundly. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (6/2/2006 4:47:00 PM)

    Excellent poem! I think I'd rather get a rejection slip than a rejected organ. - chuck (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (5/3/2006 9:14:00 AM)

    We have been warned. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (3/10/2005 7:18:00 PM)

    Brilliant poem...excellent rhymes (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (2/16/2005 7:00:00 AM)

    Now that's a great performance piece, Jake...would catch the attention of any audience.
    Of course, you'd have to 'follow that'...
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (2/1/2005 4:40:00 PM)

    so you do read my poems after all? (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (1/27/2005 10:20:00 PM)

    you both remind me of Statler & Waldorf...only they were funnier.

    warmly,

    AJH
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (1/12/2005 10:44:00 PM)

    But the REAL question is: Do we need YOU to tell us any of this?
    I for one am slipping my rejection slip for you under your door.
    You can mark on it with your red felt pen.
    Please consider my remarks here as tongue-in-cheek as yours were meant to be.
    H
    (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (1/12/2005 11:10:00 AM)

    I'm with the Elf. If only proofreading would help... (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (1/12/2005 10:56:00 AM)

    Bloody brilliant, will stock up on highlighter pens for my own very painful howlers: -) (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 12 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: poetry, poem, alone, world, death, heart, hate, dance



Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]