Taking Flight

You can fly, Mary! by Judith Clay

You can fly, Mary! by Judith Clay

Taking Flight

a boing in the tune of a yellow balloon,
rang in the keys –
wind chimed a-b-c-d-e-f-g
up and down the piano;
it played in my head,
and behind my back at any given moment of my life –
no one else saw my walking piano;
or the owl that lived on my head, name Herbert

there were times when Herbert, my owl
he told me i could fly,
i declared, I think not.
so be it –
the moons were my world,
and gravity my folly

i was not about to give in to foolish imaginations,
but my B-b-b balloon sang to me in the key E
and we danced into a sphere-like quandary;
it flew from the top of bubble-filled sundries –

i think that was when;
the now that took place,
as my piano pounded on the black keys,
and my balloon was tired of my habit;
of analyzing

Herbert poofed out exasperation from his lungs,
my melancholy meanderings wrapped my scarf around my neck –
i was convinced

it was time to fly off the edge of the earth
to escape the grips of faulty falsettos
reclaiming the finely tuned keys
that live among my own kind –

so now, (the when, way back then)
you’ll find me boinging on moons
flapping my wings with my toes tightly around my piano
and my hand clinging to my yellow B-b-b balloon;
he is gingerly on my head professing, I told you so
every now and again,
he tries to tell me that my B-b-b balloon is a pear
he is so foolish


I feel quite whimsical and a little silly this evening. Claudia gave us inspiration through the art of Judith Clay at dVerse. (If you click on the image you can see her wonderful art.) It is right up my ally, I love the way the art makes me feel a little goth dark-like and happy whimsy at the same time.

However, I found this to be quite a challenge because I had a hard time picking an image and gathering my words cohesively. I decided to just let the whimsy flow and go with whatever came out. It was quite enjoyable and kind of what I needed after sharing some intense things about my life the last three days.

So there you have it ~ Taking Flight. 🙂 Be sure to go read all the other poems inspired by her art!


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21 Responses to Taking Flight

  1. brian miller says:

    haha…i like…singing balloons and owls…herbert is pretty cool little owl…if i could fly i would….escaping the falsettos…smiles. this is fantastic bit of whimsy and music and fantasy….he is surely foolish…haha

    • Thank you Brian! I fancy Herbert – he can get me into trouble with his foolishness. ha ha ha I am glad I finally picked an image, I almost did the “Eenie-Meenie-Minie-Mo” method. hee hee

  2. Mary says:

    Sometimes it is fun just to let whimsy flow….and I do think you succeeded quite nicely at that! And it really would be fun to be able to fly. Who knows……..? Smiles.

  3. that was amazing and brilliant!

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  5. claudia says:

    smiles…you did good with just letting the whimsy flow… that’s what i love about picture prompts… i just look at the painting and go where ever it takes me…and there’s much to say about herbert..smiles

    • Thank you Claudia and thank you for sharing this artist. I enjoy her work very much. I have not tried a picture prompt before I usually find my images after I have written the poem so this was a great challenge, but lots of fun. Herbert … well, yes there is much to say. hee hee

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    Aww… I love this.

  7. Kirsten says:

    Wonderful as always my friend :). I’m working on one of Judith’s pictures too. I’m not use to doing picture prompts…it’s much harder than it appears! Whimsical suited this poem perfectly…love it!

    • Thank you Kirsten! Have you finished yet? Can’t wait to read it. I just read your “Hungry Predator” pom, wow! I felt those words – great impact with so few. HA!! Shark in the clouds! 🙂

  8. How nice and fitting to the picture … and i LOVE an owl named Herbert…. great whimsiness,… (and of course the b-b-b-b-allooon….)

  9. kkkkaty1 says:

    I’m taken by the images of chimes with all the attributes you include……what fun!

  10. wind chimed a-b-c-d-e-f-g
    up and down the piano;
    it played in my head,
    and behind my back at any given moment of my life –
    no one else saw my walking piano;
    or the owl that lived on my head, name Herbert

    Holy! Cow! Did you have an imaginative dream about this? Because I love this poem!

    You are such a remarkable writer…I love this a lot. 🙂

    • Thank you Charlie! Love to heart that! It just came to me while pondering the painting. I always have some pet owls though, I have several that are my imaginary friends and a stuffed animal owl that sits on my desk. I suppose, I will name it Herbert. Lol!

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