Rejection stares me in the eye
Yet I hide the tears threatening to escape
Grim defeat tastes bitter in my mouth
I look down at the floor
My head pounding from dejection

My hands close over my ears
Refusing to allow the pain though to my mind
My heart pounding in shocking disbelief
I close my eyes
Choosing blindness over reality

Fifteen years wasted in attempts to succeed
In something that I now know to be a lie
I scream and cry in vain
Knowing I can never change the truth
Failure has never been this cold