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By Wendy Lewis April 29, 2021


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,
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.


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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    August 31, 2021

    I’ve never been compared to a fish before, it was intriguing. Being shown life through the eyes of a flower or fish puts into perspective how much easier it is to look into someone’s life and assume things are better until you look deeper. Accepting the blows you are given and then not getting back up makes one as uncomprehending as a simple fish or flower until their inevitable death. Fishies and flowers live until they don’t anymore. We as humans experience many events, have ups and downs. Taking steps to change your life or even start the journey to heal is difficult. Fishies and flowers don’t need to heal nor do they have support networks. “melting private helplessness, being “This Way Out” When I read this line, I interpreted it as such: if you were to look into someone’s life and notice they are struggling, It is our task as compassionate humans to aid the best way we can.

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    mai thi

    September 7, 2021

    Wishbowl is a comforting piece for moments of challenge, a song for troubled days. It bears a structure that sounds like a melody in my mind. “Such is the life of a fish”, and “Such is the life of a flower” are followed by a passage on us humans “Our best days are yet to come. Such is the life of compassionate human beings”. A fleeting life one may say, but it’s full of eventful experiences: from challenge to rewards, from euphoria to suffering. We will find a way out of the downs, and help another human being out of their trouble and guiding them to a way out. This turns into a wheel that keeps on rolling. The future is promising and there will be a way out. We just need to stay hopeful, and live courageously for today.

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