Poem of the Week: A Boy’s Wish

Sailboat

A Boy’s Wish

I want to live on a tidy sailing ship
Painted blue with sails of white
Not too big but just the right size
I’d call it the Mighty Mite.

I’d not go sailing on my boat
But live in it like a house
And I’d have some pets, maybe a cat
In case I had a mouse.

My boat would be so neat and trim
With everything in its place
A little kitchen and stove and all
Tucked in to save some space.

And in the night when it was dark
I’d read by lantern light
And go to sleep in my little boat’s bed
And snore all through the night.

I’d go to school like a regular kid
And they’d all envy me
And ask if they could visit
And I’d say, “Yes—just two or three.”

A sailor’s life is not for me
But I like to be afloat
With calm waters rocking gently
My pretty little boat.

So come on down and join me there
You can live on one as well!
There’ll be two of us then, you know,
And we’ll have lots to do and tell.

We’ll play pirates or pilots or adventurers
And pretend we’re not afloat
And then settle down and read some books
In my happy little boat.

–Dan Verner April 29, 2013

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