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By Wendy Lewis April 29, 2021

Wishbowl

Dedicated to those seeking, dreaming of, or wishing for a way out:
May your Wishbowls be filled with strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.1

To the  Abandoned,
Abducted,
Abused,
Addicted,
Depressed,
Displaced,
Distressed,
Enslaved,
Excluded,
Exiled,
Homeless,
Hospitalised,
Impoverished,
Imprisoned,
Injured,
Isolated,
Lonely,
Oppressed,
Persecuted,
Victimized
or         Quarantined.

Everyone has their own Wishbowl.
Looking out, looking in. thinking that others are better off.
It may be true, …or maybe not.

Carmine Betta, you’re a fish out of troubled waters
with a one-way ticket on the Flush Express.
Be aware your best days are now.
Such is the life of a fish.

Transient Coneflower, you’re a weed from a summer garden.
Headed from withering heights to a maggoty compost bin.
Be aware your best days are now.
Such is the life of a flower.

We are living exit lights.
We dare to be uncomfortable comforters…
cracking fearsome silence, whispering “This Way Out”.
breaking scarring shackles, showing “This Way Out”.
melting private helplessness, being “This Way Out”.
Our best days are yet to come.
Such is the life of compassionate human beings.

1 Chisholm, Thomas, from “Great is Thy Faithfulness”{public domain poem], 1923

About the author

Wendy Lewis; visual artist, poet and Canadian woman of colour. Born into the Montreal experience a la Vico Magistretti, “look(ing) at usual things with unusual eyes”. Wendy is a 1st year Graphic Design student at Dawson College.

Acknowledgements

Acrylic on canvas painting of a betta fish looking through a large flashed glass vase at a cut coneflower by author.

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