I Go Ballooning by Adrienne Raphel

I promised: no balloons. But here we are.
I promised no balloons, but here we are!
I don’t know the first thing about ballooning,
I said, full of hot air. I swooned.

Lightheaded, headed to the moon, today,
A balloonist’s honeymoon, today,
I set off from the dunes, today; besides,
Above the sea, marooned, at high tide

Time for a tune, said I, airily,
In pantaloons now, hey-nonny-nonnily
Too soon for this song, this too-rhymed refrain,
Too soon for this sea, this unreasoned rain.

Balloons, stalk on, stalk on, through the ages;
I’m off ballooning without gauges.