The Wish Book

A trimeric is a new-to-me poetic form (check out the link for its four simple rules). I’ve had a note in my phone for a few weeks titled “Things I Miss,” with just one entry underneath: The Wish Book. This fall nostalgia was a perfect jumping off point. Now, on to the poem!

Our world moves so quickly, I swear I blinked, now I miss

The Wish Book’s extraordinary knack for inspiring intense Christmas fantasies 

The perpetual tick tock of Grama & Grampa’s old clock

A rare announcement of, “Tonight you can rent a movie”


The Wish Book’s extraordinary knack for inspiring intense Christmas fantasies

Maybe a faux-leather-teen-furniture-collection-purple-bean-bag-couch could really be mine?!

Better circle it in red sharpie and rearrange my bedroom to make space, just in case


The perpetual tick tock of Grama and Grampa’s old clock

imperceptibly thrumming beneath the surface of our day, constant and comforting

 but come bedtime, despite no change in its decibels, suddenly remarkable


A rare announcement of “Tonight you can rent a movie” 

meant piling in the van, then browsing Movietown’s displays of VHS tapes

with judicious enthusiasm. Flubber or The Land Before Time? Mom says we can get both!

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