Saturday, October 17, 2020

Prompy #362 – One Wish for Right Now

When we were children, wishes were part of our immediate reality, and believing that our wishes would come true was easy: “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight.” What happens to our wishes when we grow up? We still have them, right? This prompt is about a wish that you have right now. 


Here are some “wish poem” ideas:


1. Your wish during this unsettled and challenging time of Covid-19, civil unrest, and “difficult politics.” What’s the one thing you wish for most?


2. A poem based on a wish to see or spend time with someone you lost touch with years ago.


3. A poem based on a wish to see/talk to someone no longer living, perhaps someone who didn’t survive Covid -19.


4. A poem based on a wish you had as a child.


5. A poem based on a wish to be a child again or to be past this time in human history.


6. A poem based on a wish that was realized and lost.


7. A poem based on a wish you know will never come true.


8. A poem based on the old caveat: “Be careful what you wish for…”





A classic wish poem: “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by William Butler Yeats.


Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.







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