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Handling Rejection​.​.​.

from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3 by Nhojj



Rejection hurts, but avoiding rejection doesn’t do any good... dodging rejection just keeps one stuck. This is my little letter, to help me deal with my fear of rejection...


My friend
You are here again 
Between the ropes
Life has knocked you down so many times

So many times
You’ve awakened
Face down in this ring staring
Dazed at opponent’s shoes 
Your blood sweat and tears dripping onto floorboards
Soaking into Mother Earth 
While crowds all around you roared
Some cheering
Some jeering 
Referees leering and you
Down for the count
5 6 7 8
This is where you can pause that movie

Rest in silence 
In this moment 
Time does not exist 
Here and now
Breathe again
Take in oxygen and 
Memories of why you are here
What passion brought you this far?

What will of force drove you in that 
Rickety old car down that street and 
Up the next 
Delivering you trembling with 
Excitement and bits of fear lodged here and there 
To this place to this venue

What spirit called you by your name 
Pulling you from despondency and complacency and 
Handed you this skeleton key so 
You could open every door you met closed and locked

Life has no guarantees 
Except this... 
If you don’t get up 
You’ll always be down 
So take another breath
Your 3rd... 

Call upon your ancestors and
All the powers of love and forgiveness and acceptance 
Cause nothing good ever happens without these fairy God Mothers
Plant your hands on these sticky wet floorboards and
Rise from the ground 

Rise again and 
Again and 

Until you die or arrive limping and 
Happy at some finish line in the end
Triumphant but above all... 


from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3, track released September 29, 2018
Written & performed by Nhojj
Contains sample of "Dream LOA Remix" by Nhojj


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Nhojj Orlando, Florida

Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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