The Stuff of Life


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My brain is flying in about a million directions this week as Corey and I are preparing to head to Haiti. Between writing sewing tutorials, preparing supplies, making a packing list, writing out a schedule for the grandmas and the grandpas, figuring out some kind of a meal plan for the kids and trying not to catch whatever has stricken Carter with an on again off again fever for the past 5 days, I’m a little bit “out there” as far as my thinking capacity goes.

So, I decided to take a break from the stuff I have to get done and write a silly little poem about something that happened to me last week. If you are a writer and have experienced the whole crazy process of submitting work to be published, you might empathize with me. If not, just pretend you do 😉


Rejections by email

Rejections by letter.

The more that I get

The more I handle them better.


My patience and skin

Grow ever more thickened

In this crazy world of writing

with which I am smitten.


It’s write – submit  wait

– wait – wait – wait and wait more

Til I have completely forgotten

What I even submitted the piece for.


But this week was a first.

Imagine my surprise.

When two times in two days

For the same submission a rejection arrived.


I’m okay with your choice.

You don’t have to publish my stuff.

But seriously – twice?

For real – one rejection is enough.


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

One thought on “Rejection

  1. Love it, Girl!!!! So just made me chuckle:))). I’ll be praying for you and Corey!! Excited you both get to go!! Love ya, Marilyn

    Sent from my iPad

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