rejection & consequence

Rejection & Consequence

“Words are
like lightning
rods that
keep my
mind from
getting scorched…”


That’s what
he wrote
on his
application as
his reason
for wanting
to study
creative writing,
sent to
96 creative
writing programs
in the
U.S.
Canada &
Australia.


He got
rejected by
all of
them even
tho he
was a
straight-A
student &
editor of
his high
school paper.


He graduated
with honors
& dropped
out of
sight.


No one
made the
connection when
ten years
later the
first-born
of the
heads of
all those
programs
were found
tied to
lightning
rods on
the tops
of barns,
the hair
scorched off
their heads.

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