Like a Helium Filled Balloon


My year-long odyssey into the various styles of poetry has taught me many lessons about myself. I enjoy getting lost in the world of rhyming words. There still isn’t one style of poetry I would choose as my favorite to write in. July is the perfect month to create a selection of free verse poems. This style of poetry has no rules, which I find liberating. They don’t have to rhythm, but I suspect mine will rhythm because that is how I roll. One of the poems I plan to share during this month of free verse is Like a Helium Filled Balloon.

Like a Helium Filled Balloon

I write my words

Addicted to the rhythm

The sound of syllables

Twittering in the air

Like frightened birds.

I aspire to be as profound as

Gwendolyn Brooks,

Maya Angelou,

Nikki Geovanni,

Their words I found in books,

On the dusty shelves of the library.

On my better days

I strive to be

Emily Dickenson.

Walking down unfamiliar trails,

Capturing fragments of the sun,

All its glory and rage,

And spill that power onto the page.

But who am I?

A simple woman with complicated tastes,

Who should know better than fling words onto a page,

And aspire beyond my station,

With dreams too many to mention.

Like Janis once said,

“A woman can be tough,”

But I wonder if I am enough,

To rise above this mundane mediocrity

Rise like a helium-filled balloon,

Elevated above the ground that anchors me,

To float with the fireworks,

Lighting up the dark summer night sky.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

2 thoughts on “Like a Helium Filled Balloon

  1. I’m sure you are more than enough to rise above the “mundane mediocrity” 😉 You have a uniquely inspiring way with your words 🙏🤍

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