Wishing Upon Too Many Stars

Upon a falling star did my wishing

For rewards quite materialistic and certainly self-serving

Caring but for me, and mine, and all things in between

My eyes had sight but lacked vision


Gathered charms in a bedroom drawer

A rusty horseshoe, dried four leaf clover, rabbits foot

Halves of wishbones from countless holiday meals

Filling a space with emptiness


Sighted on the natural world

Rainbows, falling leaves, celestial bodies and the moon

Ask and ask and then ask again, for everything I want and need

Impossible to measure it seems


A handful of change

Concrete basins akin to the money-lenders garden fountain

Copper, silver, nickel; sizes and shapes from across the globe

Paying it forward, or so I hope


White horses and unicorns

Ladybugs, feathers, alligator teeth, crickets and acorns

Dragons, lions, three legged toads, elephants, and pigs

Buddha laughing – perhaps at me?


Rubbing old oil lamps

Supernatural stones, talking sticks, magic wands and potions

Pocket watch, paper cranes, river rocks, and macramé

Frustration on my doorstep


Longing lengthening

Desires left unfulfilled, needs not met, what I want I don’t get

Must be a technical difficulty, must be something eluding me

Why can’t it all be free?



Green and filled with complexities, or so I heard but didn’t care

I deserve what I’m asking for – it’s beyond the scope

Neither here nor there


Tired of delaying my gratification

Forget patience, forget rules, nothing matters but those I choose

Great things come to those who wait, and I’ve waiting long enough

I want it all, and I want it now


Sad to never see the real

Things wishes won’t reveal, hoping, begging, and candle blowing

Dreaming, chanting, sometime screaming and ranting

Luck favors the bold they say


Misfortune companionship

Arm in arm, joined at the hip, can’t imagine that I’ve failed

Followed the rules I read on-line, wishes should have turned out fine

Life should have turned out fine


Everything should have turned out fine

Ask and receive, wish and be granted, easy as can be, follow the signs

Analyze, wonder more, close my eyes, recite the line

Realizing the wasted time



Some have called it the greatest creation, a world of my own invention

Residing there in hopeful glee, hoping things would improve for me

Truth in line for me to see


Chasing dreams instead of goals

Waiting for things to unfold, secrets to be told, memoirs to be sold

Motivation no longer a fantasy, time to stop pretending and truly see

Adulthood…its right in front of me


R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “Wishing Upon Too Many Stars

  • February 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    So well expressed Ralph, life owes us nothing and what we want depends entirely upon our effort and commitment. A unique angle on the problems of ‘self’, where selflessness and positive steps create the future we want, and all else just creates obstacles. Great work.

  • February 14, 2017 at 12:38 AM

    Very good phrases, Ralph. I this verse with fondness for the young adult I once was who tried all the charms and luck methods you mention. I did not get what was asked for, but it did help me through a bad time in life before I realized all I need is withing me. I so admire your skill with expressions. Well done.


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