The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


They stretch and flap
their leathery wings
with flowing beats
and silent swings

They dart, they dash,
perform their act--
an airborne
a dive
a dip

to trap each meal
a moth
a fly,
mosquito pie

with beeps and squeaks
that echo
each scrumptious sound--
a buggy snack!

About the Writer

Buffy Silverman

Buffy’s fascination with nature inspires much of her writing. Her recent book, On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring, received a star from Kirkus Reviews and is an NCTE 2021 Notable Poetry Book. A companion book, On a Gold-Blooming Day: Finding Fall Treasures, is an NCTE 2023 Notable Book in the Language Arts. She lives near a swampy lake in Michigan where she enjoys outdoor time with her dog, watching and photographing nature, and writing poetry.