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Hart Crane-shaped Balloon Collage 4.25” x 4.25”

November came and the leaves fell from the trees. A procession of steel gray days and chill air passed until mid month when the sun suddenly appeared and it grew unseasonably warm.

This day, young Violet Lange returning home from school looked up and saw someone’s escaped Hart Crane-shaped balloon. Violet was surprised by how quickly the balloon rose. ‘Poor kid,’ she thought. ‘I’ll bet he or she just came from Deroti’s Revolutionary Shoe Store, where a kid always gets a modern-poet-shaped balloon with every pair of shoes purchased.’ Violet made a secret wish then. ‘I hope the balloon returns to its owner.’ The balloon ascended higher and who can say if her wish did not come true.