Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BALLOON MAN, by JEAN M. BATCHELOR

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THE BALLOON MAN, by            
First Line: How can he unenraptured stand
Last Line: Seeing it shrink, all worlds are so.
Subject(s): Balloons; Bubbles; Happiness; Joy; Delight

How can he unenraptured stand
Who marvelously may command
Seven suns in either hand?
Turning on a twisted thread,
Constellations green and red
Float above his placid head,
And as he walks, each hollow ball,
A bobbing planet smooth and small,
Must with his motion rise and fall.

He who for silver would possess
Cheaply a private world, no less,
To satisfy his happiness,
Wholly his own to loose or bind,
May with this merchant quickly find
The bubble brightest to his mind;
Then, having bought, may watch it go
Slowly to nothing, and may know,
Seeing it shrink, all worlds are so.

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