I just got a rejection
I checked the status
of my submission
and it said “rejected”

I had been checking and checking the status
and it had kept saying “in review”

I like “rejected” better than “in review”
I don’t like the feeling of being unsure
now I can say they don’t know what they’re talking about

Image Credit:Walid Hamadeh

Daniel J. Flore III’s poem have appeared in many publications. He is the author of three poetry books from GenZ Publishing. They are Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, and Home and other places I’ve yet to see.