When I felt hopeless,
I read Cosmic Theory.

When I felt sadness,
I read about the sea,

it made me more sad,
and I stopped reading.

Likely I’ll never
touch a star

or swim to see
those freaky fishes,

but if I had three wishes,
I’d wish to explore

the bottom of the sea
then the top of the heavens.

And then that final wish,
I would give it to you

so I could say I did
something for someone else

instead of being my


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His third book, Train of Thought 2: Almost Home is available now at the Oddball Book Store.