Sunday, April 29, 2018

Day 29 ~ Wishing Poems for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 Poems in 30 Days”

There are many ways to write a “wishing poem.” Most people are familiar with the childhood chant:

Star light, star bright,

First star I see tonight,

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have this wish I wish tonight.

Today is “National Wish Day” in reference to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Our youngest son received a wish from Make-a-Wish when he was battling leukemia. He asked for a “freestanding woodworking workshop with electricity and power tools.” No one had ever wished for that before but his wish granters found a way. He spent many happy days in his workshop making all sorts of wood creations before he succumbed to his cancer.


Since there is no one set way to write a “wish poem” I’m just going to provide you with several links to examples of wish poems and let you pick and choose whatever works for you. Cheers!! (Sadly, tomorrow is our last day).

Here is the most typical form – each line actually starts with “I wish” until the very end and then you can create a concluding line or two – some people would consider this a “List Poem” and the jury is out on if it’s a “real” poem, but I say, why not? It expresses things the poet wishes (there’s our word!!) to share, so, it’s p-o-e-t-r-y!! Right?

This very quick YouTube tutorial will get you started: (“I Wish Poems”)

This one is actually an example of a “Hope Poem” which is kind of the same thing: (“I Wish for Peace”)

Here is a touching example written by a mother grieving the loss of her child: (“'I Wish I Could Show You The World'”)

(“Poetry Prompt: Rhyming Wish Poems”)

Best Wishes Poems (examples)

So, these links should be plenty to get your creative juices going!! Whatcha’ got?

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Vicki said...

Day 29-Wish Poem

I wish I could help hurting despondent people understand
I wish they knew how much each soul is worth
I wish I could take away their pain
I wish they knew Christ did
I wish that they could see that their loved ones will hurt
I wish they could understand that there’s always a way out
I wish they knew that they are loved
I wish, I wish, I wish, they would choose to live.

Heidi Murphy said...

Strange how my wish poem and Vicki's go together. And no, I do know Christ loves me. It's just hard to feel sometimes. Anyway, here's mine. Sorry to be such a dang Debbie Downer. And I hope my Wish poem comes through.

Peggy Barker said...

I will lighten the mood...

A Wish Poem

I wish I could sprout wings and fly,
I wish to go high into the sky.

I wish I could really say why,
I wish to see the world going by.

I wish when I am way up high,
I wish to see sights, money can’t buy.

I wish to fly, perhaps I’ll try,
I wish my broken bones did not hurt!