What I Wish I Knew

Wallis May Streete
2 min readMar 24, 2022


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I wish I knew that happiness is fleeting,

That a smile can change the course of your day,

And give hope when darkness sets in.

I wish I knew that life is fragile,

Like a delicate rose amongst the chaos,

It must be cherished and protected.

I wish I knew about inner strength,

That rises above the tears and sorrow,

And always hopes for better days,

I wish I knew that sadness comes in waves,

The highs and the lows

Feel endless when you're in pain.

I wish I knew that the simple things,

Will make your soul content,

And light up every star in your sky.

I wish I knew that beauty is not defined,

Perfection is an illusion,

That we create in our minds.

I wish I knew that the greatest love,

Takes place deep inside your heart,

And can heal your aching wounds,

Beyond all reason.

I wish I knew that real friends stay,

No matter what,

They never leave your side.

I wish I knew that success,

Holds less power than kindness,

And that words,

Can build a world or break it down.

I wish I knew how a beautiful

Sunrise could lift your spirit,

And allow sunset to be your guide.

I wish I knew more about life.



Wallis May Streete

Mother of three. Freelance writer. Poet. Lyricist. Dreamer. “We are lost souls trying to find the light, and when we do, we dance with shadows.”