life, poetry

Wishing

chairs palms wmby Lori (L. Virelli)

I wish you knew me,
and would let me know you.
I wish you cared about me.
and would let me care about you.

I wish you’d call me on occasion
and ask me about my life,
if I’m healthy,
if I’m happy or sad.
What’s my latest story about?
What’s my loved one’s latest project?
I wish I felt like I mattered to you.

I wish I could hear about your life too.
What’s your latest project?
What made you laugh?
What made you cry?
I wish you knew
how much you matter to me.

I wish I knew the kids,
and that they knew me.
Would they like to talk to me,
and tell me about school,
about sports, about dance,
and the names of their friends?
Do they even know
that I love them
and that they can trust me?

I wish I didn’t fear talking to you,
because I might get hurt,
like so many times before.

I wish for you to be happy,
instead of stressed.
I wish for you to understand me,
instead of judging me.
I wish for you to be at peace,
instead of angry.

I wish our lives were as intertwined
as our dna.

I wish I didn’t wish so much,
that things could change,
that you could change,
that we could change together.

beach kids wm

33 thoughts on “Wishing”

    1. Heya Rilla! It’s an honor to have you share my poem. It surprised me to find out how many people related to this poem. And here I thought I was the only one. Thanks for your support.

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  1. Very beautifully written, and it could fit so many family relationships, too: parent/child, sibling/sibling…. I think that’s what makes it easy for readers to connect with the thoughts you express.

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    1. Hi JM. Thank you for sharing your insight and putting it so clearly. I couldn’t think of the right words as to why it was connecting. I didn’t realize how many this would touch until many of the responses (on fb too). Perhaps others may see that their feelings and thoughts are not unusual, that it is a natural thing to hope for a deeper connection. Happy St. Patty’s Day.

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  2. I wish this, too. It seems that so many of us want what isn’t happening, what doesn’t happen. May we find the grace to embrace what is happening. That’s my prayer.

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    1. Embrace the now. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out, Kathy. If you get a chance check my most recent Wednesday Wisdom. I think you might enjoy the quotes.

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  3. That’s from such a good place, and about Silos too really. 🙂 Love to see more of this type of work from you. Very honest and sweet and shaky but strong and resolute voice wow.

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    1. Thank you for coming over to read it, Pete. It came from a place of melancholy, (vulnerability) and of course, wishing. Thanks for the kind comments. I always appreciate your input.

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    1. Hey Robin. I didn’t realize when I posted this, that others may be experiencing the same types of relationships with someone they know and love. I’m glad I posted it, so that others can see that their feelings are natural, and understood (at least by me).

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  4. Heartfelt and touching words. Poetry is a great medium for feelings and wishes, it sends the message off to the Universe with wings.

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  5. Wishing … is a great thing in my book and eyes .. if we are not wishing for things, it’s like having no dreams, but that is only me. Wishing and dreams makes life easier – and it also have hope in it. Very nicely put in this poem. We have to dare to wish .. too.
    I wish you now a pleasant weekend. Lovely poem, Lori and I’m not a poetry girl, as you know.

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    1. Didn’t realize I was the only one with these thoughts and feelings. Sometimes I think we are all more alike than we realize. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Koneill.

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    1. I do wish less and less as I get older, but sometimes I get in a mood. We do need to always have dreams of things yet to be accomplished. Thanks for commenting, Carl.

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