After all my grousing about being burned out on prompts, I’ve discovered I’m dependent upon them. Rather than going to one of the sites that pump out prompts, I decided to use a friend’s latest poem as my prompt. Tilly, at her site, http://imnotaverse.wordpress.com/, used her writing group’s prompt, “A Wish,” today. I know Tilly won’t mind if I use it too, and since I don’t know anyone else from her writing group, here goes.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by erasmusa

Each night he sat at home alone,
Just wishing for a change.
He watched the nightly news,
and all remained the same.

Outside his kitchen window pane,
and just across the fence,
there lived a pretty thing,
which made him feel so tense.

In secrecy, he watched, as she
hung clothes upon the line,
and silently he wished:
If only she were mine.

Each night she sat at home alone
in empty dreams of joyful life.
The books she read did not fulfill
her need to be a wife.

Outside her kitchen window,
and working on his lawn,
a tall and handsome neighbor lived;
the one she often dwelt upon.

If only he would look at me;
give me a yearning sign.
I’d love to spend my life with him;
I wish that he was mine.

But wishes seldom come to pass,
unless some work is done.
And so it came to be with them
Two lonely hearts, un-won.

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6 Responses to WISHES

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Oh, what an unexpectedly sad ending. Couldn’t you wave your want and make their wishes come true?

  2. earlybird says:

    ooooooo – so sad! What a waste. Lovely poem, Mike.

  3. earlybird says:

    Maybe we should ask Tilly to start prompting? 😉

  4. Tilly Bud says:

    Mike, a lovely poem. Sad ending but that’s good because you subverted our expectations.

    Glad I could help in some small way. Do you know all the prompt sites? If not, I can email the links.

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