Remember, you asked for this (a poem)

Inspired by a phrase from a rejection letter. (Me? Bitter? Naw…)

We absolutely encourage you
to submit to us again
for your annual dose
of rejection and failure

We hope that our token mention
of the size of the applicant pool
helps you to recognize
that you never had a chance

We’re sure that telling you
someone else will be judging you next time
will raise your hopes just enough
that you will reveal that much more next year

We would be remiss
if we didn’t invite you
to our upcoming events
to remind you of what you will be missing

Finally, we wish you the best
in all your future endeavors
particularly since
we will have no stake in the outcome

(19 December 2017)