Wishful Thinking at Swift Elementary School!

I was excited to meet the 2nd graders in Ms. Amato’s and Ms. Popovic’s classrooms at Swift Elementary School. The students were so welcoming, respectful, and ready to get creative. When I asked students what they thought poetry was all about, many already had a sense that our time together was going to be like having art class with words. They observed that the way poems look on a page is different from the way stories look on a page. This gave me an opportunity to introduce our first poetic term: LINE – A Single Row of Words. After some expressive reading and sharing of ideas, we composed a “Wish Poem” together. Then students wrote their own poems of LINES beginning with the words “I wish.” I encouraged students to come up with 4 -10 LINES that were different from what their classmates were writing. Read on to enjoy a few Wish Poems!

Ms Amato
2nd Grade

Oliver B.

I wish I had a dragon
I wish I had a cake
I wish I cried candy
I wish I had $100,000
I wish it could be so, but no.
I wish the homeless could have a house
I wish I had a car
I wish I had a birthday every day,
But no.  I wish I had a bus,
nope, nope, nope.


Jackie P.

I wish that I could have a dog.
I wish there was a rainbow in the sky.
I wish I could touch a Panda.
I wish I was rich.
I wish I could read a chapter book.
I wish I had a lot of slimes.
I wish I had a baby brother.
I wish I had a pool.
I wish I could sing.


Milo D.

I wish I had a cat
I wish I had a baseball bat
I wish I had unlimited pancakes
I wish there was no such thing as tummy aches
I wish pokemon were real
I wish I was ideal
I wish Christmas was every day
I wish I could fly away
I wish I was alive every year
I wish the sky was clear


Lacey V.

I wish I had a beautiful necklace
I wish I had 200,000 books
I wish I had a puppy that stayed a puppy
I wish I could grow a tall and beautiful flower
I wish it rained corn.
I wish I had 100,000 LOL dolls
I wish I had a huge bed
I wish I had a brightly colored bird
I wish I had a pet hamster
I wish school never ended


Ms. Popovic
2nd Grade

Rithwik N.

I wish my face was blue.
I wish I had 1000 games.
I wish I was in my country.
I wish I had free time.


Suramya P.

I wish a toy could talk
I wish a chair could walk
I wish a table could be a bath
I wish a earth could roll.


Jane I.

I wish that I had magical powers.
I wish that I lived in a beach with a unicorn.
I wish that I had a dog and cat.
I wish that I could control the weather.


Laila R.

I wish that I was the queen.
I wish I can eat all the food.
I wish I can play all day.
I wish.






“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.