red balloon

by Kimberly Bare

fading on the horizon
against a cerulean sky

at once both
bereft of hope
and full of a joy
briefly bridled
by a child's hand

an ephemeral reminder
of all that was the
rapture and loss
of innocence

freely floating
fading on the horizon


Posted on 09/15/2003
Copyright © 2022 Kimberly Bare

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 09/16/03 at 06:42 PM

This is truly brilliant. It is filled with a tension that brings two seemingly estranged emotions together in an extremely moving way. Top-notch!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/17/03 at 02:44 AM

Beautiful in word and flow. I especially like the third verse. I can just see the child crying about her loss, maybe a first lesson in grieving. Lovely poem, Kimberly.

Posted by Melinda Sordino on 09/18/03 at 07:29 PM

love it...i have always loves balloons, even now i watch them whenever they are around...

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