a query is clearly a simple small feat
just a blurb with adverbs typed up on a sheet
type a few words same similar synonymous, indeed
add a period, a comma, a semi-colon with speed

some sentences here
a preposition there
backstory, backstory! no what why and where!

one glance and one chance is all you require
your novel idea will never never expire
send first class! overnight! bubble wrap it so tight!
a bestseller in a letter! the next Potter in sight!

so happy! so thrilled! what genius you are!
a cry! and three cheers! the money's not far!

but the process will change just as soon as it sends
sit back and sit tight for the waiting to end
one month maybe two three four five into eight
the victors will find patience before it's too late

hang tight! persevere! don't forget to exclaim!
and in just a few years
we'll be shouting YOUR name!

like Rowling!
like Meyer!
like Tyra
Dan Brown!

keep pushing! keep fighting!
turn that frown upside-down!

happy querying, and happy monday, my friends!! :D

AND HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY @TANAGANDHI! may your days be more merry every day!


Graystone said...

Great poem, Tahereh! Like Shel Silverstein indeed. And happy birthday to Tana! I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

Kirsten said...

haha you are brilliant, I LOVE this :)

Dayana Stockdale said...

so great. hella funny and very well don! does it get better than Shel Silverstein? I used to love looking at his pictures on the backs of his books. I was thought he was hot when I was like nine. No wonder my hubby has a beard!

aspiring_x said...

too cute! i crush on silverstein big time. :)

Candyland said...

The big 2-3?! Wow. I feel ancient.

Meredith said...

I nearly spit out my coffee at "Like Tyra." Love it!

Christine Fonseca said...


Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

I think this is my new favorite poem.

For serious, I might just have to print it out and stick it on my wall for inspiration.


Zoe C. Courtman said...

Ah, I love this. Thanks for that sparkle, T. :D

maine character said...

If I’d known writing poetry and growing a beard were so crush-worthy, I’d of done it years earlier.

Happy Birthday, Tana! May your day be sprinkled with happy adverbs!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm going to save this for when I start querying in another month or so. :D

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, girl, I sooooo needed this today! Thanks for jump-starting my morning with an upside-down frown! :-)

Laura Marcella said...

Love love love this!!! Shel is one of my faves, but this kind of reminded me of Dr. Seuss, too. You know, in the vein of "Oh! The Places You'll Go!"

Thanks for the sunny outlook and encouragement!!!

Happy Birthday to your friend!

Carolyn V. said...

Awesome poem! I had never read this one before by Shel. Thanks for posting it. =)

Tana said...

:) <3 lovely poem! & thank you!

Kelly said...

Ha! Love the poem!

Marsha Sigman said...

Just beautiful.
Except for the Tyra part. Soooo not Fierce.

Lola Sharp said...

Ha! Like Tyra!!!! Mwahahahaaa!!!
You kill me.

Jackee said...

I've had query writing on my mind too, but this is much better than what I wrote! Shel Silverstein is one of my favs. Such style and originality! :o)

Have a great week, Tahereh!

Dawn said...

Is there no end to your genius?!

Kari said...

Oops, I guess I'd better add Tyra to my list of literary role models. How did I overlook her?

Krispy said...

Thanks for turning my frown upside down. :) I can't get over the rhyming. So good!

Amanda Sablan said...

Too clever. ;]

Jan Markley said...

great poem. you rock something awesome!

Jessica Lee said...

I typically don't read poetry unless it's assigned, but I read it this because it had exclamation points. Absolutely hilarious...

Amy Holder said...

Love this and Shel Silverstein! You & your rhyme skills rock!

Lora said...

Awesome! Love that poem :) It's sheer genius.

Matthew Rush said...

How did I miss this? You ask?
I was out of town.
It took Nathan to remind me
that a word has a sound.
I remember these rhymes
from a time that was twisted,
a time when falling up
was like falling down.

Everything you do (write) Tahereh is usually so hilarious that it moves me, but every once in a while you drop something like this, or like Strangers on a Sunday that reduces me to a weeping mess.

Can the idea of a query letter translated into the meter of a Shel Silverstein poem be a beautiful, fragile, profound thing?

I'm not sure, but does it make me a punk if it moves me equally?

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