Hopeless Wishes
—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

I know folks who say
They wish they'd
Never been born;
They are fools
Although I do wish
I didn't have to die
For the privilege
Of living,
And I also wish
I'd been born
With a pistol
In my little hands
Cause some of
You stupid motherfuckers
Could use
A little pain
To get your heads right


Dennis Paul Wilken is a prolific poet, sketch-artist, veteran journalist and Senior Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and is a former Staff Writer for Cincinnati Magazine. His poem "Outcomes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. His first chapbook is called Sweat Off the Diamond (2009). His recent chapbook Poetry Factory (2017) is forthcoming from Imperative Papers.