The Wishing Tree

— Peter Carroll

Under an olive tree in Port Costa
near Suisun Bay, a hundred paper leaves
tied by white strings, dangle from frail branches,
their messages faded by weather and wind.

I wish for more vacation.

I wish peace & love for all my loved ones.

I wish I would have been kinder and more loving
to my dying mother.

I wish for rain and snow.

I wish for a happy and healthy baby, due May 1.

I wish everybody loved me.

Just someone who understands
the dark corners of my mind.

I wish for a magical life filled
with awe and gratitude.

I wish that the truth will come to light
and heal the confused.

I wish to lose 50 lbs of my weight in 2 years.

I wish I was with Jessica.


I wish I would go to a great college. Ashley.

I wish to feel full & free.

I wish to meet the love of my life.

I wish the person who reads this
will know how much they are loved.

I wish my friend could cure his depression.

I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner.

I wish my luck would win me
limitless trips to Disneyland.

I wish for my brother’s safe return from China

and a dog.

I wish the Raiders go to the Superbowl.

I wish you enough love.

I wish to travel & see many things.

I wish to always remember
the peacefulness of this tree of wishes
and feeling the breeze on my skin.

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