The tally’s in: 60/40 in favor of ‘expanding’.
Thank you, readers, for your well-thought out input on the matter.
Real numbers? 12 (60%) – ‘expanding’ and 8 (40%) – ‘ballooning’.
I admit, I leaned heavily in favor of ‘expanding’ from the get-go. The word just rolls off the tongue better. But the visual evoked with ‘ballooning’ is what had me teetering between the two. Alas, in my mind, the other – ahem – gasses associated in those images nixed its usage – plus it was a cumbersome word to intone within the context of the poem itself.
Well, that’s all there is to this post! I wanted to officially announce that the word ‘expanding’ beat out the word ‘ballooning’.
Making Bread - poem WIP (LBL - MMXX) Making bread I become a Builder. Hands kneading. Yeasty gases expanding. Making bread. I watch as it shapes a story.