I Wish I Was The Wizard

I Wish I Was The Wizard

A Poem by Alan S Jeeves

Wishful thinking...

I wish I was a tin man
Out there cutting wood;
I'd rely upon the lube can
To keep my elbows good.
All day I'd task and toil
Until it's time for tea,
And then I'd take a squirt of oil
To keep my knee joints free.

I'd dream about a girlfriend,
My dreams then turn to dust;
I comprehend at daytime's end
I'm just a heap of rust.
I'll never find a maid of tin,
It's tearing me apart,
As when I search my soul, within,
I find I have no heart.

I wish I was a scarecrow
Out, living in a lea.
But all the critters there, though,
Just jest and laugh at me.
I stand about with outspread arms
Scaring off the birds,
I'm seldom heard around the farms...
I'm always lost for words.

I dream about a girl of straw
Lithe enough to squeeze;
My dreams then turn to chaff, and so
They blow off in the breeze.
I'll never get a spouse of hay,
My dreams swill down the drain;
I wouldn't know just what to say
I haven't got a brain.

I wish I was a lion, brave,
Roaring mighty roars;
Seeing off my foes to save
The world from mighty wars.
I'd spend my time a-prowling,
Vaunting round with pride,
Snarling and a-growling...
But all I do is hide.

I wish I had a lioness
To hunt and ply for me;
But that will never be, I guess ~
I'm cowardly, you see!
I have no courage for to ask
A feline for a date;
I have no luck ~ I have no pluck
I'll never find a mate.

So, I wish I was the wizard
To save me from the storm;
My life is such a blizzard,
But who will keep me warm?
I long to be a magic man
The future I'd foresee...
But then again a better plan,
I'd rather just be me.


© 2022 Alan S Jeeves

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Good unity of theme and much imaginative rhyming in this one. I think Dorothy would approve.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Alan S Jeeves

1 Year Ago

Why is 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' such an endearing story John ?
Maybe it's because of the.. read more
Ah you brought back memories of the Wizard of Oz. So delightful and timeless too. I have watched that so many times with Judy Garland and local productions too. All I can think of now is rainbows :) This is a delightful read Alan, and there is also a message here as well. We can wish ourselves to be others, but we could find ourselves in a more difficult situation. Yes, best stay ourselves. Your eight line rhymed stanzas, flow like a stream. So very well penned Alan. Delightful reading.


Posted 1 Year Ago

Alan S Jeeves

1 Year Ago

'The Wizard of Oz' was a great film for children (and grown up children) but was also so philosophic.. read more

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Added on July 1, 2022
Last Updated on July 1, 2022
Tags: wizard, lion, scarecrow, tin man, girlfriend, wishing, cowardly


Alan S Jeeves
Alan S Jeeves

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I live among the Pennine Hills near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England. I was, though, born in Nelson, Lancashire., England. My days are spent writing, arranging and playing music - and also writing .. more..