Writers’ Weir: Wish List

Writers’ Weir: Wish List

A holiday poem.

Wish List

She wants a swing set

and a small playground from Santa.

What could be better

for a spirit that flies on fantasy

and a body that sings with motion?

She adds to her list:

mushrooms, pieces of bark,

three bugs in a cage,

and a skeleton

from any small animal.

My gift to her,

a rock collection and magnifying lens

I hope will make up for

the bark, bugs and skeleton

that are not under the tree.

The gift I receive

wasn’t on my wish list either.

I didn’t know I needed

her wiggly body next to mine

sweetly singing Silent Night.

— A poem submitted by reader Dianne DeSloover

• The Capital City Weekly accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Writers’ Weir. To submit a piece for consideration, email us at editor@capweek.com.

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