My New Year’s Wish
I used the help of ChatGPT to revise the poem I wrote in 2021. Here is an updated (and hopefully better) version with improved meter, better rhyming, and more poetic…
I’d wave a wand of magic, bright and grand,
To vanish all my woes to shadowland.
But such a wish is folly, plain to see,
For joy is sweetest when it’s paired with agony.
I’d sip the elixir, undying and pure,
To halt the march of time, to find a cure.
Yet such a draught is madness, wild and bold,
Nature seeks balance, crafting new from old.
I’d offer prayers for wealth, unbound and vast,
To forge a life of riches, unsurpassed.
But such a prayer would steal my drive away,
The hunger that propels my dreams each day.
So no, I’ll not yearn for endless gain,
For boundless life, nor pleasure free from pain.
Not for love without condition’s touch,
For such desires might rob me of too much.
I wish for naught but courage, fierce and true,
In pursuit, whether I win or rue.
For victory and defeat, mere names they are,
Just like life and death, from near or far.
These are but stages in the cycle’s flow,
A dance of light and shadow, high and low.
I wish for you, as I do for me,
Courage to stand, to fight, to be free.
Ambition to chase what dreams may come,
For in their pursuit, our hearts hum.
Love, unforgiving, a treasure untold,
A story of warmth in a world so cold.
I would like to wave
the magic wand
to wish for all my miseries
but that would be silly -
for I cannot experience pleasure
If there is no pain.
I would like to drink
the potion of immortality
to cure all diseases
but that would be insane -
nature needs balance
to build new from the old.
I would like to pray
for unyielding wealth
and make myself rich,
but that would deprive
me of my hunger
to pursue the dreams.
I will not wish for
for these wishes
will deprive me of
the pursuit of
I wish for nothing else,
but for the courage
victory or defeat
they are just names,
life and death -
they are just stages,
in the cycle of life.
I wish you
the same thing
I wish for myself,
courage to fight
for what’s right,
ambition to pursue
for dreams will come true,
that’s a treasure trove.