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Helium Balloon

published by Evan Buckiewicz, in Prose and Poetry

You helium balloon,
floating in the air,
I adore you, balloon,
I’ll smother you with care.

I’ll take you out for walks
while you sway but never swoon,
hovering around the ground bound rocks:
my helium balloon.

The depths of myself I project onto you,
my lovely hollow moon,
but my projections reach nothing, nothing but plastic and air,

for you hold not a thought nor a care,
inanimate and bare,
you simply are there
(just a helium balloon), drifting through the air.

There’s no soul within your empty, plastic skin.
Yet still I’ll pretend, again and again.


Original Publication