Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed


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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 a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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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