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Making a Wish
Darrell Arnold


While strolling late in fading light,
I showed my child a wondrous sight.
Bats were flying, here and there,
Catching insects everywhere.

My darling daughter watched with glee;
Such a marv’lous thing to see.
She asked me, in her sweetest way,
“Is there a wish on bats to say?”

“No, my dear,” I answered true,
“But I will write one just for you.”
And so I pondered this, and that.
How could I wish upon a bat?

I tried to find a perfect rhyme.
I weighed the words one at a time.
Lots of rhymes rolled through my head
Until, at last, to her I said,

“Oh, bat on high, with crooked wings,
Master of mysterious things,
In your rapid dancing flight,
Have the wish I wish tonight.”

Her secret wish, I never knew.
The tender child to woman grew.
She still loves bats and knows their ways,
Builds them homes, and sings their praise.

“A “bat romantic,” I allow,
Is what she was back then, and now
Her love of bats will never end.
She gained a cause, they gained a friend.

And oft’, she says, at eventide,
Whene’er, perchance, a bat is spied,
She thinks back to that childhood time
When I, her dad, wrote her a rhyme.

A rhyme that time cannot erase,
For in her heart, it’s found a place,
And to that flitting bat will flow
These words she learned so long ago:

“Oh, bat on high, with crooked wings,
Master of mysterious things,
In your rapid dancing flight,
Have the wish I wish tonight.”

From A Bard in Boots (January 2023).
Used here with permission.

Darrell Arnold has been writing poetry for more than forty years. He was an associate editor at Western Horseman magazine for five years, then launched his own publication, Cowboy Magazine, which ran for nearly eighteen years. Poetry, primarily cowboy poetry, was an integral part of both publications. In the early ‘90s, Darrell started turning his poetry into songs and has now had more than 20 poems recorded by various western singers; two of them have earned song-of-the-year" awards from Western Writers of America and the Western Music Association. Darrell continues to write poetry and has extended an open invitation to cowboy singers everywhere to team up with him to make more memorable songs. For details and special pricing on his books, contact him at P. O. Box 3097, Colorado City, AZ 86021.





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Lori Levy:
Touching poem.
Posted 04/17/2023 02:38 PM
Posted 04/17/2023 02:13 PM
Pastor Ron:
I love it! Now I want to reread "The Bat-Poet."
Posted 04/17/2023 01:28 PM
Darrell Arnold:
If I croak tomorrow, and, a hundred years from now, some little kid is using my rhyme to wish on a bat, I will have accomplished a great thing in my life. That would be enough.
Posted 04/17/2023 01:15 PM
totally charming and delightful poem - I love the way you mimicked poetry of long ago with all its inversions - the repetition of the wish as ending is perfect - the wish itself is like a song - this poem could be a lovely children's book with the wish provided with musical notes in the back of the book! - so wonderful to have instilled such an appreciation of a much underapprecated and much-needed fellow creature whose communication skills are amazing...who knows? perhaps they are the best recipients of a human child's wish...
Posted 04/17/2023 01:00 PM
How wonderful and sweet and encouraging! I am going to share this with my nieces so they can read it to their children. Thank you!
Posted 04/17/2023 12:43 PM
Melanie :
Great rhythm and rhyme, and such a sweet story. You made a difference in your daughter's life and in the lives of bats for all those who read this poem will appreciate bats more.
Posted 04/17/2023 10:58 AM
Loved the poetic story. Your daughter's love for bats who are often so underappreciated, and the rhyme you created for her was truly a delightful read.
Posted 04/17/2023 10:36 AM
This is truly a finely crafted, delightful poem. Great to wake up to. Thank you.
Posted 04/17/2023 09:38 AM
Murcilago is one of my favorite Spanish words. You have the magic touch with rhythm and rhyme.
Posted 04/17/2023 09:18 AM
Ditto. Very nice. Randy Mazie
Posted 04/17/2023 08:07 AM
Joan Luther:
Very sweet!
Posted 04/17/2023 07:18 AM

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