The Amazing Wish Machine


Cross your fingers
And close one eye.
Wiggle your nose
And yell BONZAI!

Turn in a circle
And make a wish.
Grab the button
And give it a SQUISH.

At first a BANG
And then a SNAP.
It jumps to life,
This rattle trap.

SPUTTER and COUGH,
JIGGLE and WHIRRR
FIZZ-POP, BE-BOP,
SHUTTER-HOP, PURRRR.

PFFFF goes some steam.
CLIK-CLAK the gears turn.
Somewhere deep inside
A small fire burns.

Out pops a hand…
RATTLE and SHAKE…
It gives you a pinch
And jars you awake.

Machines won’t make
Your wishes true.
For that you’ll need…
You, you, you.

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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