My First Rejection
By Jayli Milan Christopher
My first rejection was serendipitous. While a relationship seemed appropriate at the time, the universe didn’t agree. I devoted my time to writing and painting many works. I thank that event for giving me the precious time to make history.
My first rejection Upon reflection a deflection An interaction of which he probably has no recollection Something that I loathed with the greatest conviction It irked my very soul Explained but still inexplicable My anger lit more of a passion in me than the prospect of I and he My first rejection Made me look at my reflection I saw nothing but perfection I still don’t understand I am grateful for the graceful bow Teenagers. Boys. I’m sure he was just cowed Curtain call Roll call I’ll find a new male lead Someone to fill the role until I reach the Apollo A new script for a new age My rejection, fodder, fuel for the engine of my brain Spurring me to write a new page He simply wasn’t for this stage I now have very little recollection My lack of recall, a reflection of our petty connection Alas, no summer flirtation, Yet still, I’m glad What wasn’t meant to be never came to fruition, My first Rejection
Jayli Milan Christopher is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Brooklyn, NY.