27 Club (Helium Balloons)

As the helium balloons

get older

they bend

and lumber

down into the armchair

They have lived

exciting lives

have had their pictures taken

dragged around

by their umbilical cords

Not so long now

to the end

the tiny pieces

of shattered glass

from when the balloons were fuller

and had more of themselves

to put up a fight

Now almost

in the armchair

emptier

too wrinkled thin

to put up a fight

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