What Do You See? — The Balloonman

C8A98519-F9B6-4F1B-9D8A-1E74DDE6B576As soon as I saw this week’s image that Sadje chose for her What Do You See? prompt, the only thing I could think of was a poem I remember from high school written by American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright e.e. cummings (1894-1962). In his poem, “in Just,” which was originally published in The Dial, Volume LXVIII, Number 5 (May 1920). New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc., Cummings refers to the “lame balloonman,” the “queer old balloonman,” and the “goat-footed balloonman.”

So, in homage to e.e. cummings, here is his poem.

in Just-

spring             when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles         far         and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far         and           wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

the

goat-footed

balloonman           whistles

far

and

wee


Image credit: Alexey Avdeev.

8 thoughts on “What Do You See? — The Balloonman

  1. Sadje January 1, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this poem. It’s first time I’ve read it. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. annieasksyou January 2, 2020 / 1:19 pm

    I always loved mudluscious and puddlewonderful!
    Thank you for reminding me…

    Liked by 1 person

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