Rejection Dejection Connection

Written by: Odin Roark

Rejection Dejection Connection


So common to creation
this forced engorgement
signaling neon lit liquor stores
caressing the parched heart of acceptance
combustible fuel rails through veins
mercy begged
inhumanity relived…


Diner eggs
hours old coffee
starch clad plumpness
white as snow
fills cup after cup
for me
for me


my eyes peer back in
a pastiche of winter night innocence
sitting now where once I sat
frosted windows
portray the anticipation I once embraced
stick figure smiley-faces
drawn by tiny hands yet to know
smiles turn downward
when coldness of heart freezes hope

Still he draws

Still I walk

First grin of the day forming