Posts Tagged ‘wish’





Perhaps because I am cold

I want to bring you warmth—

isn’t that how it goes?

We wish for each other

what we most want for ourselves.

And so I wish you real love,

the kind that is as familiar

as brushing your teeth, as spectacular

as the sky tonight drenching the world

in pink just before

the dark took everything.

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If I had known to wish for this,

I would have—this day with its heat

and the way we found

the canyon, so narrow

and sculpted and smooth

with its creek so cold and shallow

and its falls not too tall to climb,

and my children

somehow quickly untamed

and willing to wade

and scale and explore.


Some days are like this,

no want to cajole or nudge,

no need to pretend things

are better than they are,

just laughter and shine

and feral wonder

and joy so wholly present

it’s only later I think to wish

it could last forever.



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One Undoing




blowing all the wishes

off the dandelion—

falling in love with nothing

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While driving west
through the dark
toward home, she looks
out the window and says,
Hey, Mom, a wishing star,
and I fight the urge
to correct her and say,
It’s a planet. Instead,
I tell her, Tonight
there are unlimited
wishes. She is silent
for a long, long time,
and at last she says,
There, now that’s a good one.
Meantime, I find myself wishing
for the days when Vivian
took great delight in whispering
to me her wishes.

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in honor of W-week at Mountain Sprouts Preschool

One Wednesday, I went a-walking
to make a wish on a star,
but because it was day
no stars lit my way.
so I wished on whatever I saw.

I wished on the wimpling wing
of a black bird perched on a wire.
I wished on a worm
and a wheel that turned
and a window that gaped ajar.

I wished on a white-seeded weed
that whirled on the whistling wind.
I wished on the woods
growing near where I stood
and I wished on a willow’s bend.

And I had so much fun a-walking
and looking for places to wish
that I went and forgot
the wish that I’d thought
was the most importantest.

Instead I found hundreds of wonders—
the water, the weather … Wa-hoo!
I remember! My wish
was to find happiness,
and wow, my wish came true.

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In Silence Haiku

different wishes on
the same star

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