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Airborne Elegy
AH (August 25,1961 / Toronto)

Airborne Elegy

the three
filled a balloon with
helium and sadness
and words watermarked
by tears
for a dear mother

the airborne elegy
took to the sky
blurred by tears
and was lost to sight

and home went the three
looking for answers
in the
silences of loss and love

the youngest
hoped she would like
the balloon he picked
and he knew she'd love
his picture of the cat.

the eldest
smiled at her brothers
and hugged their heads
imagining a heavenly winged
deliverer and celestial watchdogs.

the middle child
wondered about heights
how high their message would go
and what would happen
when it got there

willing a voiceless reply
out of the clouds.

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Comments (1)

It's a touching situation, well depicted. You use your words sparingly and effectively. If there was a 'catch' for me, it was that the eldest and middle child seem a bit similar in their wonderings/imaginings. If this is a real life situation and 'that is how it was', forgive me. I sure want to be sensitive. I like the poem, I only felt that if the eldest child's thought was a little more differentiated, the final lines would have more impact for me.