Rejection Letters

love letter to dr. phil

in response to a dr. phil soundboard

your drawl scrawls
through my ears at 4pm.
i shut the tv off.
you’re still there,

you southern god.

you’re rancid & you blow
your nose with money.

a man without a mercy-bone.  

i am convinced
you could make me
domestic like a rag-doll.

you would mark me as mad,
worthy of an axe,
or maybe a second broadcast.

but i would show you
only my ringworm,
how it grows
to a golf ball,
then a peach.

see?

pigeon-voiced,
you’d yell at me not to cry,
& i’d choke you
with your favorite blue tie.

you would die
kinky, whispering
confidentialities in your dead sleep.

can’t you cure me?

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Samantha Fain is an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Rattle Poets Respond, The Indianapolis Review, SWWIM, Utterance, and othersShe tweets at @smnthfn.

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image: Jesse Hilson

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