Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Wishing you and me a happy new year


All the wishes for the New Year got me thinking about wishes. So of course I wrote a poem. But I am not so sure that the wishes for a new year fall into the same category as wishes made on stars and on wishbones, or four leaf clovers. I think new year wishes are promises we are making to ourselves. May we keep those promises. And just maybe all wishes are promises that if we keep them may manifest themselves in our lives.

Wishes

If wishes were horses
Beggars would ride
Mother used to say
I wish I may
I wish I might
I would chant eyes fixed
On some distant star
At night

If wishes were watches
I'd wear one
Or two or three
Four or more
By my side

On my side
All my wishes were good
Never wished bad
Someone away
Far, far, far away
Just not here
Bothering me today

If if's and and's
Were pots and pans
And I just didn't have to do
My homework just now
Or shut the book
And turn out the light
Go to bed

Oh, I wish upon that star
Or that clover
Wrote my wishes down
On the dark of the moon
To burn them in its full light
Just a few wishes
For you and you
We and me

What child
Does not dream
Or wish upon a four leaf clover
Found in the deep summer grass
I found so many
I thought I wished them up
Just maybe I did
But mother assured me
There would be no work for tinkers
If that were true

(c) Jacqui Binford-Bell