Sulaiman Mohd Yusof

(Singapore)

** The Three Wishes **


Son, what will you do
If you are given three wishes from God?
The teacher stares at the 13 years old student
With a deep sigh
Adam’s tears roll back
His eyes as sharp as a razor blade
Glancing at Mr. Cool
Not a word spoken
He picks up his pen and starts to write
He folds up the written piece
And hand it over to the teacher
One condition applies
The teacher should read it when he got home
Adam is a gifted kid
Born with silver spoon in his mouth
The only son in a family of four
Before he goes to bed
With a deep breathe
Mr. Cool reads the note
My first wish
I want to be an orphan
I want to feel the suffering
I want to feel the painstaking
So that when I grow up
I’d know what hardship is
My second wish
I want to be blind
I want to feel the darkness
I want to feel the gloom
I want to feel the beauty of the world
Without looking
I want to feel the agony of the world
Without seeing
My third wish
I want to be the richest man on earth
I want to share my wealth with the poor
I want to help the homeless
The jobless
The education less
The family less
The loveless
If there is any fourth wish
I want the three wishes
Granted to me by God
Mr. Cool’s tears roll back
He goes to sleep
With a smile

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (** The Three Wishes ** by Sulaiman Mohd Yusof )

Enter the verification code :

  • Allan Macli Borges (2/10/2009 2:40:00 AM)

    profound and sharp ideas, flowing in little verses that catch us till the end - a beautiful end indeed - you are really gifted. one more 10. (Report) Reply

  • Carol Rhodes (1/25/2009 9:56:00 PM)

    If this poem leaves someone 'cold', well, that person ain't got an ounce of awareness, feeling, compassion or love in his mind or heart. This writing of truth is hitting the nail on the head successfully with nothing more needed to make its mark. This is an easy insightful read into what we all need to think of, heed and act upon! Great write! Young boys and girls are sensitive and tuned-in today. They're are the 'Hope Generation'. My best, Carol (Report) Reply

  • Elbert Matt Loubser (12/16/2008 2:44:00 AM)

    I like the way this poem swirves away from traditional wishes made by others. The boy is clearly selfless. We would do good to follow his example in the way we think and act. (Report) Reply

  • Naidz Ladia (12/9/2008 3:50:00 AM)

    this poem touches my heart..words are well selected and well defined..
    ......If i will be the child, HOW WOULD I BE? (Report) Reply

  • asma Jone (12/3/2008 4:04:00 PM)

    love this poem, its so touching...makes your eye teary, like the wishes part awww.. (Report) Reply

  • *Trusting You* (11/16/2008 2:40:00 PM)

    I love this poem! this is very good. I am going to add it to my favs. great job.
    *Purkey Girl* (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/7/2008 7:02:00 AM)

    It would have been a GREAT MISS in my life had I not read this poem Sulaiman.
    I know I shall always remember these three wishes in my life henceafter.
    How simillar this boy to the ancient Siddhartha who became Lord Buddha in later life! Your poem make us feel how selfish we always remain. I wish if each of us could wish like this boy the world would have been so different! Perheps we could hear what a bird sing and what wind goes on telling us.Perhaps we could make flowers our friend.
    But alas! we are Human.only human. (Report) Reply

  • Lily Law (9/24/2008 1:21:00 AM)

    my only wish is that people will see, feel and think just like the boy is..
    sir, thanks a lot for an inspiring poem that u had greatly wrote.. ^-^ (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (9/21/2008 8:11:00 AM)

    This is truly a heartfelt story about someone so young. If only everyone could feel just a small portion of compassion such as this. I enjoyed this, Sulairman!

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

  • Ahvana Dutt (9/19/2008 8:06:00 AM)

    I give this one a ten. It is a wonderfully and well expressed poem. Keep it up! (Report) Reply

Read all 108 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Kaise mai ye likh deta hoon! !, Ajeet Singh Dhruv
  2. Final Frontier, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Doors Of Destiny, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Reproductions Through Music, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Safest place, gajanan mishra
  6. To whom I am going, gajanan mishra
  7. In The Process Of Existence, Naveed Akram
  8. Thy presence, binod bastola
  9. My Maiden's Love Is Like A Cloud In June, Chibueze Oscar Osuji
  10. दिल को हरदम dil ko hardam, hasmukh amathalal

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]