There are many ways to write a “wishing poem.” Most people
are familiar with the childhood chant:
Star light, star
First star I see
I wish I may, I wish I
Have this wish I wish
Today is “World Wish Day” and “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 in the backyard with electricity and power tools.” No one
had ever wished for that before but his wish granters found a way. He spent
many happy hours in his workshop making all sorts of wood creations before he
succumbed to his cancer.
The day Make-A-Wish presented BJ with his woodworking workshop - they invited the neighborhood kids over and had refreshments, etc.
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
The most typical wish poetry begins each line actually 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?
Here’s a well-known example by Bob Perks: “I Wish You
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”
There is no particular “rhyme or reason” on how to create
you WISHING POEM ~ just wish away!!
PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by
me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other
than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same
goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere
online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the
person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use
them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to
them as soon as they create them and especially once they post them. Thanks so
*** Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog
or elsewhere on social media ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and
paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB
wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO EACH DAY’S SPECIFIC BLOG POST for others to
come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching
the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting