Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Ode to a Balloon Let Go in London


Ode to a Balloon Let Go in London

It’s what happens when an orb flies freely,
escaping the glass of a world glaring
with human imperfection, industry, idols,
what passes for intelligence and integrity–

it oversees London, the iris of England’s
art, the reputation of queens, the relaxed
accent of ancient history revered or scorned
or adored.  A balloon–

now there is something worth seeing,
air encouraging flight the second a grip
on the string loosens or a knot becomes undone
or our natural fascination with release

makes us raise our sights to a sun
running from tower top to tower top,
the oft referenced wandering cloud
wondering at the inscrutable irony

of rubber expecting its own explosion–no,
welcoming it, celebrating it, while ascending like a soul,
past its own reflection, past the tired eye of Big Ben,
into the loving arms of infinity.

Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright October 13, 2012

Inspired by Dive at Small Glass Planet


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

2 thoughts on “Ode to a Balloon Let Go in London

  1. Yeah! You made it over here to see the archiving I’ve been doing. Didn’t know I had so many poems that hadn’t been published yet. I’m working on posting older ones first, but if the mood hits me, I will write new ones and post those, too. Enjoy!

  2. Oooh, a new Katherine blog! Excellent. I can pop in herre to start my day with a poem (and there’s no better way to start a day).

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