He took off
Like the
Hounds of Hell
Were on his tail
Conditions perfect
A past-its-prime
Hot air balloon…
New pilot & trouble…
Over his head

The top burst open
Streaming envelope…
Before my eyes
He plunged
To his demise…
To Baton Rouge
A stranger who
Fell out of its skies…
To me a retched memory
But lesson learned

© 2016 Robert Mihaly

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*Note: This is an account of a true event.



  1. bbeyes4 · April 28, 2016

    I like this Robert… Cool visual

    Liked by 1 person

    • artifiswords · April 28, 2016

      But something I’d have preferred never to have seen. The story happened right before my eyes in 1989. I also was new to ballooning at the time. :-/

      Liked by 1 person

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