Six balloons, illustration by Alan Semerdjian, based on the poem
Six happy balloons,
six orange balloons went uptown to enjoy the New York Philharmonic in Central Park.
But it rained, in fact it stormed that evening.
The six happy balloons were
quickly saddened, their multicolored ribbons were stained, they were bombarded by rain drops.
So they went home, scarred;
one didn't make it through the night, two others wouldn't stay aloft.
And, on day two, there were none.
July 14, 2007