I Wish


Pentab Academy Collaborative Wish Poem, October 27, 2008

I wish I could shrink so I can go into tiny places
I wish I was strong so I could lift a desk, a couch, a car
I wish my uncle was still alive because I went to every game he played
and because he was my favorite uncle in the whole entire world
I wish I could go back in time so I could help my brother and he was not dead
I wish I was better with my hunger and I could glue my mouth together
I wish the homeless people would choose a better life and not be on drugs
I wish I was Lil’ Wayne’s cousin so I could rap with him
I wish there was a medicine for every sick disease
I wish I could be a great car sells man
I wish my brother could have stayed at my house because I don’t have no
one to play with
I wish I had more friends because some of my friends don’t like me
I wish people would start acting right to others
I wish I wouldn’t have to take Spanish
I wish my aunt would come alive and I would kiss her on the cheeks and
make food, because she left three kids behind
I wish I was smarter so I could go to college at 15 or 16
I wish I could fly in the clear blue way way up high, and have a cat
that dances
I wish I lived with my daddy
I wish I had a big house for my family so we could all fit
I wish I had healing powers 
I wish I had gold because my family have a lot of bills, oh, and silver too
I wish my dog was a tiny bit nicer so the dog catcher would stop looking
for him
I wish I could see my dad againimg_1032


About deniselanier

I am an educator & advocate, poet & performer, speaker & storyteller who believes in the power of narrative to transform & transport, create & connect. I was the shy, awkward girl who didn’t fit in, was often bullied, happiest with my nose in books, whose best friend was my dog. After being cast in a play in my teens I discovered a way to be comfortable in my own skin, bringing to life the words of a character. Costumed in make-believe I dared to be more of myself than I ever allowed off-stage; I claimed my voice. I spent most of my adult life teaching others to raise their own voices, through acting, creative writing, even slam poetry. When the diagnosis of MS intervened in my 30s I had to let go of acting, which is why most of my storytelling is now expressed through page and less “formal” interactions with stages. I devote much of my time to kids, teaching them to use words & imagination, developing authentic, resilient, remarkable voices. I endeavor to grow in my students the belief, the truth, that we are all artists & the change-makers in our own stories. My best friend still has fur & four legs. My mobility assistance dog is my constant companion, teaching assistant & muse to many. Luke is also chief partner in crime; I’m getting a reputation for stealing things. As inventor of a poetic form called klepto-collaborative, I pickpocket words & phrases from others, reshuffling & reshaping the puzzle-pieces into a colorful, storied mosaic of diverse voices. Taking something from every speaker at a conference in real-time, I craft a collective poem that highlights the messages of the day, repurposing ideas & refashioning stories, weaving them together in a manner that never loses the originality & spirit of the speakers’ themes. So while I may be a word thief, I figure being eco-conscious makes up for it. I’m available to facilitate wordy goodness in your community, school, workplace or play space. I like to think I have way of transforming annual meetings into something interactive, cooperative & memorable. Through my klepto-collaborative poems I aim to delight, to ignite conversation, and maybe even incite innovation. I earned an MFA from Florida International University, where I edited Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. I’m the founder of WordPlay, a poetry-in-the-schools project inspired by Dave Eggers. My poetry has appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Cake, Luna, Best American Poetry blog (a collaborative poem with the phenomenal Denise Duhamel), Wicked Good Life, and various anthologies. My non-fiction has appeared in the Miami Herald and my fiction has been nominated for Best New American Voices. www.deniselanier.wordpress.com & www.wonkybent.wordpress.com

One response »

  1. Pentab students, I love your poem. You use your imaginations, your thoughts, and share happy and sad memories. Sometimes we can feel better about sad parts of life by putting them into beautiful poems like this one.


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