Friday, January 15, 2010

Old poems

For several years, writing poems was my hobby. I set myself the goal of writing a poem every day, even if it was a lousy poem. Sort of a "do something, lest ye do nothing" kind of thing. This morning I was clicking around in my documents, looking at old poems. I'm amazed at how bad some of them really are!

Even so, they shed a little light on what I was thinking and feeling on those days, so I save them all... the good, the bad, and the ugly... even if I cringe when I read them.

The following poem is interesting to me because obviously, although I'm saying rejection is just fine with me, it's all too apparent that it isn't fine at all.


Donna Wood

November 12, 2002

I know of rejection, and handle it well.

I almost expect it, and hide in my shell.

I try to stay clear of the judgmental throng

At any slight inkling that something is wrong.

My sheltered environment, snug as a tomb,

Protects me from nay-saying prophets that loom

Who tell me I’m worthless, and point out my flaws,

Not mattering whether or not they have cause.

I’ve offered a smile that was met with a frown,

And my noblest intentions have oft been put down.

But I’ve built strong walls made for my own protection,

So now I am able to handle rejection.


Anonymous said...

I don't think we ever know how to handle rejection...we just know that we have done the best we can do...whatever the situation..and move on...God Bless...hugs..Ora

madcobug said...

Rejection is hard to take. Helen

Leigh Ann said...

I'd like to know who on earth told you that you were worthless or met your smile with a frown. Had to be some kind of internet crank. Shame on them. I'd like to meet one of these nay-saying prophets. Lemme at 'em!

Paula said...

I like it not because you may have been rejected but because you express the feeling well.

Donna said...

Leigh Ann, I don't have a clue what was on my mind that day eight years ago. I doubt it was someone on the Internet though, because by that time I had gotten rid of the negative Internet people. And you know, a lot of rejection is not real, but only perceived.

Lori said...

That is such a well-written poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sonya said...

Great job on the poem. Love it.