“My Wishes,” by Rey Manjarrez
May 27, 2020
I wish I had my new heart and could leave the hospital.
I wish all my friends would not be sick or hurt or bullied or punched.
I wish I didn’t have what I have right now.
I wish no animals would get hurt.
I wish no one would do crimes or heists or robberies.
I wish for peace in the world.
Rey Manjarrez wrote this poem while at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with WITS Writer-in-Residence Ann Teplick. Performed on the digital stage for Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Literary Arts Series online event with Luis Alberto Urrea on May 20th, 2020.