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Balloon man

if only I could

I’d let them fly

away from this bridge of sighs


away from these frowning houses

away from your critical eyes watching

across this watery divide


away from my children

who stand beside me

as reluctant marketing assistants


and together we’d step down

free at last

into these two long boats


that have long longed to be untied

and then we’d row and row

following the wonderful balloons


scattering across the blue cloud-scraped sky

to the land of no mortgages

no strings and no hot air


where tears all turn to laughter

and pain is just a fading memory

and no-one mentions Brexit

One of five poems written by Godfrey Rust in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, Ealing in September 2019.

The painting is entitled Balloon man, by the artist and Alicia Kotlarz. 

Poem Godfrey Rust 2019, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. See here for permissions.

Borough of Ealing Art Trail