by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Les Ballons
Language: English 
Against these turbid turquoise skies
    The light and luminous balloons
    Dip and drift like satin moons,
Drift like silken butterflies,
Reel with every windy gust,
    Rise and reel like dancing girls,
    Float like strange transparent pearls,
Fall and float like silver dust.
Now to the low leaves they cling,
    Each with coy fantastic pose,
    Each a petal of a rose
Straining at a gossamer string.
Then to the tall trees they climb,
    Like thin globes of amethyst,
    Wandering opals keeping tryst
With the rubies of the lime.


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