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Oscar Wilde : Les Ballons1

Against these turbid turquoise skies
	The light and luminous balloons1
	Dip and drift like satin moons,
Drift like silken butterflies;

Reel with every windy gust,
	Rise and reel like dancing girls,
	Float like strange transparent pearls,
Fall and float like silver dust.

Now to the low leaves they cling,
	Each with coy fantastic pose,
	Each a petal of a rose
Straining at a gossamer string.

Then to the tall trees they climb,
	Like thin globes of amethyst,
	Wandering opals keeping tryst
With the rubies2 of the lime.

Oscar Wilde (1855-1900)	1887

1the "ballons" of the title; 2amethysts, opals, and rubies are precious stones that are usually purple, opaque and crimson, in colour, respectively.

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