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South Fork Poetry: ‘Wish’

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 13:35

I told him I needed time —
he gave me a cuckoo clock

(I couldn’t work the winding key)

I told him I needed space —
he gave me a telescope

(or make the moon look back at me)

I told him I needed change —
he gave me a penny jar

(or stop from spending every cent)

I told him I needed more —
he led me to the well

(or count up every wish I’d spent)

Now I have so much time,
the cuckoo’s flown away

(the moon’s a clock that’s come unwound)

Now I have so much space,
it’s night for days on end

(the moon’s a shadow on the ground)

Now I have so much change,
the well’s just one more wish

(the moon’s a coin the well has drowned)


Caitlin Doyle, who grew up in East Hampton, is an artist-in-residence at Guild Hall for the fall. She will read from her poetry at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 6 p.m. “Wish” previously appeared in The Yale Review and Poetry Daily.


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