The poems Bursting Balloons and Ruth are by Adolf Caso, whose work has graced this site before ( Tillia Abducted, May 26, 2016).  Adolf, an everyman in all the arts, published all three of these poems and many more in his collection Water and Life: Photos and Poems in English and Italian.  Originally released in 1976, it is now in its seventh edition, added to each time with new works on senses and sensuality.  You can order Water and Life  at Branden Books , and other poems will be posted here in the future. For now, enjoy Bursting Balloons and Ruth below.