A poetry editor was my friend.
I asked how
he could reject all 12 of my poems.
He said his interest was quality,
I replied, “there’s strength in numbers.”
He said, “Margaret Mitchell wrote trash
except for Gone with the Wind.”
But that book made her
a literary immortal.
I pointed out that
she had mental problems
and died young.
He asked, “What’s that got to do
with your poems?”
I had no good reply,
but got the last laugh.
led to a published poem.
Richard Sponaugle was born 4-20-60 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. He received a BA from George Mason University. A prolific poet and songwriter, he has been published in many venues.