Of all the pastimes
Which defy all logic
Hot air ballooning
Must be the most fantastic
You take off
With no controls to ponder
At the mercy of the wind
Into the great blue yonder
Floating up and away
Heart fit to blow a gasket
Gripping the hand rail
And stood in a picnic basket
A Bunsen burner flames
Under a piece of fabric
Hot air ballooning
Must be the most fantastic.

About the Poem

A humorous poem about hot air ballooning, which describes the allure and the dangers of this strangely popular pastime. It is said that the aerial sports - hang gliding, parachuting, hot air ballooning - take you, both physically and metaphorically, one step closer to heaven.


Sporting Disasters


Rhyming poem


16 lines

Key Stage

KS2, KS3


Paul Curtis

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