Happiness flying away…

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.