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Happiness is a bright balloon
On the ceiling of the living room.

Confined in space it can't go far,
A butterfly in a small glass jar.

I watch it bounce and bobble by,
Searching for a big blue sky.

It finds a corner and there it parks.
A puppy dog that lost his barks.

Saddened by this circumstance,
I seize the moment, take a chance.

And guide my friend outside the door.
It's good to see him dance once more!

For Francine-- "Happiness is a Balloon"
by Ray Dillard on 7-21-11

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  1. Date: 6/6/2013 2:41:00 PM
    Hello Ray, this is a wonderful poem... I remember this poem being a nice entry in my contest. soup-mail... xox...Linda

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 11:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "Metaphoric Time" contest Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 9:15:00 AM
    What a happy poem this is, Ray!! How can one not smile upon reading it!? Congratulations!!

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 6:15:00 PM
    WOW! This beauty goes to my FAVs! Amazing verse! I love the idea, Ray! Congratulations on your win! Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 4:16:00 PM
    RAY,;-) congratulations with your wonderful win in my contest~ take care and have yourself a wonderful Fathers Day,~ xox~PD

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 8:46:00 AM
    great piece Ray,wish you the best in the contest

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 1:07:00 PM
    A winning congratulations! Caryl

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 2:07:00 PM
    Nice poem. Lee

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 1:52:00 PM
    Nice write here Ray,,,congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 1:07:00 PM
    Wow, love the comparison of the trapped balloon to a "butterfly in a small glass jar." Great work, Ray. Congratulations on your well-deserved win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 10:14:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Ray. Nice going. Have a great weekend. Ralph

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 8:42:00 AM
    Great poem, Ray. Many congrats on your SUPER WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 7/29/2011 7:40:00 AM
    Congratulations for your win in Francine's "Balloon" contest Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/28/2011 11:28:00 PM
    Very cute Ray and congratulations. I am glad you freed the balloon. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/28/2011 10:59:00 PM
    cute entry, congrats on your seventh place win in the contest

  1. Date: 7/28/2011 10:52:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your super seventh place win with this exciting creative poetry my friend... how u been partner?

  1. Date: 7/23/2011 9:19:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry I have enjoyed reading it today Ray. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and hoping you find lots of inspiration along the way. Love, Carol