I Went to a Wishing Well

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I Went to a Wishing Well by Kenn Nesbitt

I went to a wishing well,
tossed in a penny,
and made a few wishes.
In fact, I made many.

I wished I were famous.
I wished I could fly.
I wished I were rich,
and a rock star or spy.

I wished for a robot
to do all my chores,
a dog that could talk,
and a few dinosaurs.

I wished for a dragon
and unicorn too.
Regrettably, none of
my wishes came true.

I made lots of wishes
but didn’t get any.
I guess, these days,
wishes cost more than a penny.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 2

Topics: Wacky Weirdness

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Irony, List Poems, Narrative Poems, Repetition


About This Poem

Have you ever made a wish for something you were pretty sure couldn’t come true? I know I did.

When I was a kid, I did this more than once. Sometimes, when I blew out the candles on my birthday cake, I would wish for a million dollars. Or, when I threw a coin in a fountain or wishing well, I might wish that I had super powers, or something else I knew was impossible. So, I thought it might be fun to write a poem about all of the different kinds of impossible wishes you might make at a wishing well.

In this poem, none of my wishes came true. But, if you’d like to read a poem about havingĀ all of your wishes come true, here’s one you might enjoy.

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