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Richard is the author of "It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later; A Collection of Inspirational Parables."


I had an opportunity during these fearful and uncertain times to sit down and not only think about what I miss, but what I wish. This inspired me to write a parable that I believe is about as close to a slice of heaven as one can get. I hope you agree.

Sometimes, we simply forget what's important. Therefore on the dawn of a new year and heels of one that can be described like no other perhaps "I Wish" cannot only help us appreciate this world, but understand the next.

A New Year’s Wish.

I believe those who have experienced loss should support one another’s efforts to comfort others and want to share the following parable. A parable is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.

I Wish

Kids didn’t grow up so fast.
We learned from the past.
And love would always last.

I wish; every Friday that came and went.
were followed Saturday by a special event.
Sunday nights wouldn’t feel as bleak.
And Monday’s blues didn’t start the week.

I wish; life was fair.
God granted every victim’s prayers.
And bullies got what was theirs.

I wish: underdogs would always win.
We knew now what we didn’t then.
And all mistakes were not a sin.

I wish; Spring's promise lasted all year.
Summer days were always clear.
Autumn’s leaves were more than a trend.
And Winter storms were just pretend.

I wish; Thanksgiving helped us see.
No matter where we find ourselves.
How grateful we should be.

I wish; Christmas Eve would never end.
We didn’t have to worry about what we spend.
And New Year’s Day we could start again.

I wish; dogs would live, as long as we do.
Friendships were always true.
Grandparents never felt alone.
And everyone remembered to phone.

I wish; no one hungry was denied.
Cancer was beaten by all who tried.
We didn’t have to say goodbye.
And our loved ones never died.

© Richard Lawrence Belford


© 2020 Richard Lawrence Belford

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