I wish I was taller. I wish I was strong. I wish that my short hair Was silky and long. I wish I could whistle. I wish I could sing. I wish that the winter Would turn into spring. I wish I was well read. I wish I was wise. I wish that my good looks Would win me a prize. I wish I was granted A wagon of wishes. I wish that I wasn't Stuck doing the dishes.
from Bing Bang Boing; Harcourt Brace, 1994
Introduction "If you had one wish, what would you wish for?" This age-old question is worth posing to set the stage for this Florian poem.
Extension For repeated read aloud, this list poem is another one that lends itself to line-around reading, with one volunteer per solo line. Children may also want to create their own list poems of wishes.