Quadrille Monday: Quadrille #29

De is hosting our Quadrille Monday. A quadrille is a 44 word poem exactly, using a prompted word. De has chosen “balloon” for us today.  Come join us for these wonderful short poems.  Quadrille #29

Mama’s Balloon

Breath of God
blown into a pink balloon.
It grew larger and larger
and it soared and dipped
until one day,
My mother was told
her left ventricle had ballooned out
and it could burst at any minute.
I hope it is quick: aneurysm

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 16:40:14

    Oh, that comma. And all that comes after. My heart.


  2. sarahsouthwest
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 16:53:27

    Oh, that’s hard. Very tough to think about.


  3. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 17:15:51

    I am so sorry to hear this 😦 sending love and prayers..


  4. Waltermarks
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 17:17:08

    There is no rainbow with this balloon. I hope you are able to spend all the time in the world with them


  5. frankhubeny
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 17:23:23

    I am sorry to hear this. Best wishes.


  6. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 17:44:48

    This hurts, Toni. The uncertainty of living with an aneurysm is so scary but then, we all live in uncertainty. I was recently invited to consider: What would you do today if you knew you would die tonight?


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 18:18:44

    In reply to Victoria’s inquiry, I’d like to think I would embrace calmness, preparing for there Grand Transition–but probably I would rage, rage ale-Dylan Thomas, doubting what I had believed for so long. Yes, our minds drifted in the same strata.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 27, 2017 @ 22:55:59

      I have worked hard to achieve peace in my life. But I am not sure. Life is too real at this point. I’d like to think I would be calm and continue to have faith. But…


  8. Grace
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 18:43:37

    So sad to read this Toni ~ Prayers and peace for the family ~


  9. Singledust
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 18:43:47

    praying for healing hands and peace to descend


  10. Truedessa
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 20:57:36

    my mother is ill with heart issues and it can be so stressful, the unknowing…

    wishing you peace…


  11. thotpurge
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 21:52:32

    Sad to hear that Toni..wishing you strength. Victoria’s question is heavy, so much to think about when faced with time and uncertainty.


  12. rosemawrites
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 23:18:47

    oh. oh. this is so tough, Toni. 😦


  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 00:32:41

    So sad and stressful… and if your mama doesn’t really understand it – it’s even more stressful


  14. maria
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 01:25:14

    Aw… sending my prayers to you and your family Toni.


  15. kim881
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 01:45:08

    You and your poor mother are certainly going through it, Toni. I wish you both all the love in the world.


  16. kaykuala h
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:55:33

    The heart is subject to a lot of unwanted attention and one is so vulnerable.



  17. MarinaSofia
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 06:29:16

    Ouch! A worrying time for you, wishing you the strength to carry on.


  18. Bryan Ens
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 08:42:41

    You write both beautifully and heart breakingly about you mom.


  19. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 11:03:26

    Harsh reality eloquently expressed..


  20. paul scribbles
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 12:35:59

    My thoughts are with you and yours right now. Peace can also be sitting with discomfort and accepting that it is what it is.My wish for you all is to be able to be present with it all.Love is the way.


  21. purplepeninportland
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 13:58:57

    I am so sorry, Toni. I am thinking of you.


  22. Pleasant Street
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 18:38:13

    Warm thoughts for you and your mother and your whole family…


  23. Janice
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 19:08:01

    This must be challenging for your mother, for you and family. Your writing is so tender and open. May she have many more happy days.


  24. Bodhirose
    Mar 28, 2017 @ 20:18:17

    Victoria is right, we all live with uncertainty and I was heartened when you reported that your mother is cheerful and upbeat. If she wasn’t it would be all the worst. My heart is with you, Toni. ❤


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