Three, Two, One: Bumper Balloons

Flip – flap – flutter
went the bits of man-made rubber
as he took away the rudder
and he waved goodbye to mother.

‘I’m an engine of the sky,’
sang he, loud, while he sped by,
while his mama dabbed her eye,
while his wobbly wings a-try

To lift, or maybe thrust,
by ignoring drag, or just

By the will of boyish hope,
as his canter speeds to lope;

And seven small balloons
circle ’round, like rainbow moons;
dip and swirl ‘gainst the noon;
flutter, drag to boyish tune

Of hasty dreams, of racing knees
Of birthday dreams on summer breeze.

©2022 Chel Owens

Photo by Victoria Borodinova on

Written in response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: balloons on a bumper

September 12, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about balloons on a bumper. Is it a spectacle, an occasion, an eccentricity? Why are the balloons there? Who is involved? Go where the prompt leads!

24 thoughts on “Three, Two, One: Bumper Balloons

  1. CarolCooks2 September 16, 2022 / 1:17 am

    Awww what a lovely response to the prompt…who doesn’t love seeing a balloon fly high in the sky 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nope, Not Pam September 16, 2022 / 5:07 am

    How lovely, you’ve really caught the child’s belief

    Liked by 1 person

  3. D. Wallace Peach September 16, 2022 / 10:57 am

    Just beautiful, Chelsea. Full of wonder, imagination, and a child and mother’s joy. And a few tears of nostalgia too. Loved this.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Doug Jacquier September 16, 2022 / 4:44 pm

    You’re such a softie, Chel. Must be all that mothering. 😉
    Seriously. this is a gem and I can’t let go of these lines:
    And seven small balloons
    circle ’round, like rainbow moons;
    dip and swirl ‘gainst the noon;
    flutter, drag to boyish tune


  5. Jim Borden September 17, 2022 / 6:10 am

    wonderful job with the prompt, highlighting the carefree nature of youth…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jules September 21, 2022 / 6:05 am

    To be a child with a fist full of balloons – a lovely tribute to childhood.
    May we remain children through out out adult lives!! 💖

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chel Owens September 21, 2022 / 8:37 pm

      ❤️ Thank you! No, we haven’t had balloons in awhile but I’m sure my son would love to run and fly with them!


  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake September 25, 2022 / 6:15 pm

    That is a great poem. The rhythm and rhyme and word choice are as uplifting as the balloons and the boy, it flows, no, flies.

    Liked by 1 person

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