On an otherwise happy day, the end of a child’s happiness
appears in the sky – low, dancing over chimneys and tree tops
a red balloon, beautifully round with helium and a flowing
string – the loop (if there ever was one) has disappeared
and I imagine the tears following shock when it slipped away
and ruined a parent’s day in a careless moment. It is sad,
but the child should probably become familiar with loss.