One Single Impression: Balloon

I'll tell you this:
I dislike balloons
For the stink of latex,
And the sniveling shrink of
What is basically nothing
When a little too much air
Snaps the illusion
That dreams can be contained.
I dislike balloons
Lying shrunken in the sand
Threatening wildlife with extinction
By looking so much like food.

Is this a poem about hatred?

No, indeed.

It is a poem about foolish metaphors.

Let every breath you take rise to the clouds,
Dissipate,
And move on.

Holding a balloon,
You do not own life
But remember it.



That is not enough;
In fact, it is nothing.

Comments

  1. how true. plastic bags and balloons are not good for wildlife! love the images in your poem...

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  2. WOW! That was a thought-provoking poem about balloons. I doubt I will see a balloon as festive ever again. :)

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  3. Wow. I know balloons are not good for the environment, and neither is containing our dreams in air. Lovely write.

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  4. People really should clean up after themselves.

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  5. Balloon = Captive Breath
    (spirit/ ruach)

    Your pure soul hates this rude capture of the ephemeral. . .

    plus the turtle thing...


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  7. a unique poem showing disliking towards ballon///

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  8. Let every breath you take rise to the clouds,
    Dissipate,
    And move on.

    A very powerful poem.

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  9. What an excellent metaphor. Loved it!

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  10. I will never see a balloon the same way again, dear Sandy.;)) I seem never to have enough air in the lungs to fill them up.;)
    xoxo

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  11. I use to love balloons until I saw their aftermath with the wildlife. So shocking!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  12. Anonymous6:14 AM

    Very striking indeed, esp the idea of balloon as restrictor of freedom. Solid work. Salute.

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  13. Anonymous9:13 AM

    interesting words...!!

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  14. They are a disappointing object in many ways yet their color is so appealing.

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  15. Kids love them, I'm betting you did too when you were younger.
    Thank you for the reminder, yes, disposing of them is a major ecological problem for ALL of us, including the wild life.
    ..

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  16. So true and so good....I'm not even qualified to comment about what a good writer you are, but I so appreciate your sharing.

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  17. What a deep piece. We often don't think about the environmental consequences but you are right. The last few stanzas are so poignant and nicely written.

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