The Slow-Cooked Sentence

When rejection is imminent

Rachael Conlin Levy

Today’s cup is filled with day-old coffee. I drink it resolutely, and view the day with tired eyes.


This boy asked if I was writing a book. The response would’ve held all the heat and bitterness contained within my cup, so I saved my answer for another day.


“There will be a book that includes these pages,

and the one who takes it in his hands will sit staring at it

until he feels you holding him

and writing through him.”

-Rilke’s Book of Hours


Rejection should’ve had this sweet soloist’s face.

One response to “When rejection is imminent”

  1. Day-old coffee. Yuck. I hope today is better. Lucky for you, your soloist looks pretty inspiring.

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