My One Wish

by Jamie Moore

My wish reminds me of the most tasteful 

Mouth-watering sliver of the finest meal oozing off the dish.

My wish looks like a courageous and creative being

Squirming and wriggling like a fish.

My wish feels like a million others trying 

To escape the guns and bombs.

My wish has a mind of its own, an uncontrollable 

Melody waiting to be sung.

My wish is a simple wish for one hundred years 

Before and one hundred years to come.

I hope that this and every wish 

No matter how big or small 

Will matter in this world

My wish is peace, hope and joy

for each and everyone.

Written by Jamie Moore, as part of Poetry as Commemoration workshops led by Terry McDonagh, in Castlerea Community School, Roscommon, in  November 2022. Transition Year students were invited to write a poem in response to Terry McDonagh’s poem ‘My Freedom One Hundred Years Later’, written in commemoration of the War of Independence.