It always starts in vague unhappiness –
a faint and irrepressible desire
that builds and builds into the restlessness
that needs submissions, quick, to quench the fire.
You’re known, not known. To be much more known – now!
Be sure to check their influence and fame.
Then, enter fast or send too slow. Highbrow
your best. Submit a lot. Augment your name.
The odds are better simultaneous.
Rejections only make you put out more.
Acceptance! Rare. Rejoice and crow. A fuss
that lasts a day or two, then, as before,
the itch begins to build, and, tired or not,
just like a shot, you enter, send – you’re hot!
Author’s Comment: Throughout last winter I spent much of my free time submitting poems to journals. Every once in a while I would announce to my husband that I was “planning to submit today.” His eyebrows would rise in fake shock. On that humorous note I developed a list of “submission” terms, all with double meanings. The subject was added to my list of subjects for poems. This spring and summer, while taking an online course in verse forms through Oxford University, I used it for an assignment – a Shakespearean, or English sonnet.