Balloon

I bought my little grandchild Ann
  A bright balloon,
And I was such a happy man
  To hear her croon.
She laughed and babbled with delight,
  So gold its glow,
As by a thread she held it tight,
  Then--let it go.

As if it gloried to be free
  It climbed the sky;
But oh how sorrowful was she,
  And sad was I!
And when at eve with sobbing cry
  She saw the moon,
She pleaded to the pensive sky
  For her balloon.

O Little One, I pray that you
  In years to be,
Will hold a tiny baby too,
  And know its glee;
That yours will always be the thrill
  And joy of June,
And that you never, never will
  Cry for the moon.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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