The Balloon


The day he burst her balloon

her soul ripped in two

and her very veins

bled blue; jagged

edges, raw to the touch,

were misplaced

(lone sock

swallowed by

the dryer

in the heat of

battle). Imagine

her shock

the day she woke up

and saw that

in breaking,

in allowing herself

to rip apart at the

seams,Β she had



This little ‘balloon flower’ will literally burst into bloom when it lets itself pop open. What a marvellous lesson in redemption…

24 comments on “The Balloon

  1. ladyhawk87 says:

    love it

  2. chaddenmagdalenabasnik says:

    Melody, every time I think your last poem is your best work, you send me spiraling with a new one! The emotional content and optimism is quality inspiration..

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks so much! There is much to inspire around us – we just need to learn to see past what detracts from the beauty…. a very rich journey to be on, to be sure!

  3. tinamhunt says:

    Love the image. Amen to the lesson!

  4. Pam says:

    powerful images, Melody – love the ending!

  5. Heidi Viars says:

    Nothing can change the fact that she is beautiful!

  6. Caddo-Jael says:

    Hmmm, fascinating. “Bled blue” is probably my fave part. I suspect these flowers burst into bloom a heck of a lot quicker than I did–I keep hoping God will fast-track me: time’s runnin’ out for me to do anything great for Him, if in fact that’s in His plan. But then, my concept of “great” may not be His, eh?

    • melodylowes says:

      Absolutely! My conception of doing great things has changed mightily in the last few years… I don’t really think He’s big into fast-track solutions as I see Him making incremental baby steps in my own life. He seems pretty pleased with His progress, so why shouldn’t I be? πŸ™‚

      • Caddo-Jael says:

        Well, it’s probably some kind of pride/ego thing with me–having been such a loser, I’d like to have a great big shining heroic wide-screen movie moment before the credits roll. What would you expect from a Caddo-drama??

      • melodylowes says:

        Something along those lines, with a drum roll added in for effect… πŸ™‚

      • Caddo-Jael says:

        Oh Yes! Drum roll, maybe a cymbal, and those cool little triangles–see how I get into this!

  7. Oh, how I LOVE this poem!!

    • melodylowes says:

      Wonderful! I’m so glad for your visits…

      • I am just learning about how to do to things here at WordPress, I wanted to reblog your post, but ended up using the “Press This” I believe….anyway I have the link to your poem / blog on my blog right now….thought it was definitely one to share!

      • melodylowes says:

        Thanks! It showed up in my notifications that you reblogged it, if I recall correctly, so it must have gotten through somehow! πŸ™‚

  8. francesclarke07 says:

    There’s so much meaning to get from between the lines of this poem! Loved it! πŸ™‚

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