She wished her dreams secretly Sitting on the rock by the shore Lest the spirits tear them anon And keep her a hostage to fortune Until her spirit left her in surrender To the mercenaries of death in the pact.
Luck was a stranger, so was Faith. But Hope always stayed with her On the rock against winds and waves As a Friend like Pellas and Athena giving the light of Hope to Despondence reviving Breath of Reason to wait still.
One day Hope told her to write a letter To Heaven about her Seven Wishes So that the West Wind would carry it On his feathered wings like Pegasus’ To the Palace of King direct and express And He would open and read it at once.
So she wrote her letter to King Of Seven Wishes sealed in secret Stood and flew a lithe kite carrying The wishes in words fluttering in the breeze And waited for the West Wind to come And deliver them upward further higher
Alas! The Wishes sent to the skies Fell from the wings of the wind, As her heart’s whispers were wafted Downward, leeward, seaward Until mermaids caught in their outing And treasured them in the shells.
Looking at the sea, all blue and broad, the girls thought that they could not enjoy its loveliness anymore if they had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds and pearls. Now they knew how Anne of Green Gables felt when she looked at the serene beauty of sunset that spread through her mind and lingered there in alterations, while standing on the farmland with uncle Matthew: “God is in heaven, and all’s well with the world.” Even if it would not obliterate their worries, concerns and troubles in their hearts, the very moment of equanimity made the girls forget all of it and imbued them with a sense of the sublime in life, a budding sense of meaning of life – to find a reason for hope with the awareness of odds in their favor.