Rejected by the L.A. Times Opinion Poetry Contest: Train to Nowhere

I submitted a poem to the L.A. Times Opinion Poetry Contest. It was rejected. Here it is. It’s called Train to Nowhere.


I entered the Los Angeles Times opinion poetry contest, and my poem was not selected.

I went local, but even if you don’t live in Los Angeles, you should get the gist.

We took the Green Line to LAX
It dropped us off in Gardena
Next stop: Subway to the Sea
Can’t wait to see Pasadena

Granted, it’s not the greatest poem ever written, but I like it. The Times said it received over 1,000 submissions, and I am sure some hard decisions had to be made. Maybe the editors rejected it because it clashed with the Times’ stance on public transportation, which is: build trains no matter where they go or what they cost, and then make people feel bad for not using them, even though they do not go to the airport or the water, which are the two places we’d all really like to go.

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(Joe Donatelli publishes The Humor Columnist. Follow him on G+, @joedonatelli or Facebook.)


Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.