The Blue Balloon

I half blew up a blue balloon

And left it, deliberately, untied.

Then... I let it go...

It was a childish piece of grandad fun,

Which William greatly enjoyed.


The balloon made a whoosh for the window,

Colliding, abruptly, with the double glazing,

Directing it up to the ceiling,

Farting out air on the way.

Anticipating its imminent death,

It made a sudden dash towards the door,

And, gasping out its last, plastic breath,

It sank, sadly, down to the floor.


William was, by now, in hysterics

He’d never seen such high jinx,

But grandad’s an eminent poet,

At least, that is what grandad thinks,

So, he wants all this fun to mean more.


He believes this balloon is a metaphor

Detailing life’s chronology,

By way of an analogy,

Of a journey propelled by hot air.

We can all reach the heights,

We can take in the sights,

It’s a time which we can share.


The termination, though, can be a pain

And it is over with far too soon!


“Come on grandad. Again! Again!

Half-blow up that blue balloon!”

"Yes, William, let's live this life again!" 


◄ A Poetic Complaint.

Whose words are they, anyway? ►


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John Botterill

Fri 24th Jun 2022 22:14

Thanks Stephen and Bethany for your comments. Deflating balloons is a game of for children of all ages 🎈
The analogy is a bit of a stretch, but I enjoy a bit of metaphysical contortionism haha 😁

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 24th Jun 2022 22:04

This is a winner, John. I love the idea of the balloon as a metaphor and I'm sure William will - in time.

Bethany Sallis

Fri 24th Jun 2022 10:02

seeing a balloon flying around the room as it deflates never fails to inflate laughter does it John 😄

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John Botterill

Fri 24th Jun 2022 08:53

Thanks Holden and Julie for the lovely supportive comments ant to K. Lynn and Frederick for the likes. 😀

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julie callaghan

Fri 24th Jun 2022 06:18

Lovely poetic tale.

Holden Moncrieff

Fri 24th Jun 2022 01:36

Another wonderful poem, John, and I love the existential dimension that the blue balloon inspires! 😊

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John Botterill

Thu 23rd Jun 2022 22:13

Thanks so much Clare. I have already given his mum and dad a mini anthology called 'Just William' for his 4th birthday. I just hope Richmal Compton doesn't sue me haha
Thanks for the like Rose.

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Thu 23rd Jun 2022 21:42

I love you grandad poems. William is going to love these when he is older - such a gift!

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