Have you ever wanted your
own dragon? If not, you might after reading this poem.
What's the good of a wagon
without any dragon
to pull you for mile after mile?
An elegant lean one
a gold-tinted green one
wearing a dragonly smile.
You'll sweep down the valleys
you'll sail up the hills
your dragon will shine in the sun
and as you rush by
the people will cry
"I wish that my wagon had one!"
This poem originally appeared in IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE TREES, 1958. Taken
anthology, MOON, HAVE YOU MET MY
MOTHER?, HarperCollins, 2003, p.
Extension: Ask students
to describe something they wish for that is imaginary or has not
been invented yet. For example, I have always wanted to have a homework or cooking robot.
I also have wished for
my own guardian angel who will follow me around and keep
me out of trouble. Ask students to describe their wish using sensory details. Invite students to write a story or poem and to illustrate it.