Saturday, May 09, 2009

Up, down, in limbo

I'd love to feel serene, floating above the river. Maybe everything I need will be in my basket, encircling me. I imagine the whoosh of the fire, keeping the balloon aloft, moving. Until earthbound observers squint to catch the last pinprick of color, before I disappear.



However, recently, this is more like it. And the passersby keep their eyes averted.





--ee cummings

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee

20 comments:

Roy said...

Hmmm... Yes, there are days when I feel like that guy hanging on for dear life!

I loved that movie! What did you do, just type "Balloon" into YouTube's search box and browse the results? This is priceless!

tut-tut said...

Roy, L watched a tape of The Red Balloon ceaselessly as a tot. I had another version in place for this post, with someone else's music dubbed in, but intrepid L came to my rescue and found the correct version.

Baino said...

Aww cheer up Toots! We often have hot air balloons going overhead early in the morning here. The horses go nuts because they don't look up . .seriously! Had one land in the back paddock once! Anything I can do to help? Problem shared is a problem halved.

Megan said...

Yay for L! I remember watching that as a kid, too.

Hugs from L.A. and Happy Mother's Day!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Hope you're back in the air, clean sailing soon!

PG said...

I knew the name of EE Cummmings, but had never read any of his work, what a marvellous poem that is, I just had to Google it to find the entirety.

Kurt said...

I would love to know how a short film from France became shown in every school in America in the 1970s.

Middle Ditch said...

Mesmerizing. Only the French can make such a film. Loved every minute of it.

Candie Bracci said...

I hope you'll be feeling like being as light as the air pretty soon.

subtorp77 said...

The only thing worse than hanging on like that, is chasing one of these things! You just keep going and going; never knowing quite where you'll end up...

Brian Miller said...

lol. nice balloon pics, especially the second one...know the feeling.

L said...

I love that movie! My favorite part is when he meets the little girl who also has the balloon. Remember when I used to let balloons go after those fall festivals?

red dirt mule said...

haaaa!
happy mother's day!

xxx
rdm

JGH said...

I've always wanted to go on a balloon ride. My church had a copy of the "Red Balloon" film and put it on whenever the grownups had to have a meeting. I really should get a copy for my kids to watch - definitely a classic.

(Hang in there!)

Reya Mellicker said...

Keep breathing, friend. In and out, one day at a time. If there is really one central truth about life, it is that nothing is ever certain.

Dance and float in the limbo, yes? What other choice do we have.

Sending love.

p.s. Love Radiohead. Love Music Mondays!!

Linda said...

I've always wanted to try ballooning too. That silence in the sky high above the earth must be wonderful.

citizen of the world said...

Thar first bit sounds kind of nihtmarish to me, floating off into space.

Catskill Snap said...

Ever since seeing The Wizard of Oz, I've said no thanks to offers of hot air balloon rides.

Things are better, right?

Betty C. said...

That's a lovely post. I hope you are feeling more stable now, though.

I haven't been in the blogosphere a lot lately but I wanted to drop by and say hello.

Take care!

lettuce said...

i love the cummings poem! i remember it from school, but had forgotten all about it