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White Helium Balloon

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White Helium Balloon

white helium balloon
not quite taut
from summer heat and long ride
in the rental car

let fly
by a son
to picture a father
going to a better place

crowd of friends, family
circle round
watch the orb
rise ? just slightly

then hover
just overhead
string dangling forlornly
barely out of towhead's grasp

sad eyes turn to adults
unspoken comes the question, "Why?"
"Never one to leave a party early"
nods a bearded desert-rat

slowly the drooping symbol
wafts past onlookers
barely skimming yard, garden
comes to stop over newly-mown alfalfa field

Gravity persists
drops it slowly
string entwines 
among the green stubble

a calloused hand finds 
young boy's shoulder,
shaking, as tears fill 
saddened brown eyes

"Heaven's whereever he most loved to be, son.
That'd be right here. His flight was short."

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  1. Date: 9/7/2011 8:34:00 PM
    Oooh another nice one! Good poet *snap snap snap* (a poet way of clapping) haah

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/8/2011 2:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your encouragement, David!
  1. Date: 9/7/2011 8:34:00 PM
    congrats btw

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:17:00 AM
    Congragtulations on the win in the contest,susan

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 10:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Debbie Guzzi's "Flying" contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/5/2011 1:18:00 PM
    Super job, Susan. Congratulations on your worthy poem honor. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 9/5/2011 11:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in the "FLYING" poetry contest sponsored by Debbie Guzzi CR

  1. Date: 9/5/2011 3:49:00 AM
    hey Susan congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 9/5/2011 2:36:00 AM
    Congrats Susan on your sixth place win with this elegant entry on flying luv..

  1. Date: 9/4/2011 5:03:00 PM
    an ending so WOW~~~CONGRATULATIONS my friend for the 6th place win~~smile~~~

  1. Date: 9/1/2011 4:32:00 AM
    i love the ending to this.