The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Boy Girl Fruit Flower

The potted-pip and rainfall drip,
the snoozing dream of sipped moonbeam.
Boy. Girl. Fruit. Flower.

The sunlight feed for warming seed,
the sprinkled shower, day-sleep’s hour.
Boy. Girl. Fruit. Flower.

The leaping bloom of nectar’s spoon,
the buzzing bees and singing trees.
Boy. Girl. Fruit. Flower.

The lipstick scent and rainbow smile,
the sweetest silk and glowing mind.
Boy. Girl. Fruit. Flower.

The apple-eye, the melting butter,
dancing juice of hearts-a-flutter.
Boy. Girl. Fruit. Flower.

About the Writer

Leigh Anthony Manley

Leigh is a new phase poet from Maesteg in South Wales. His writing for adults explores themes including cultural identity and living with chronic illness, and has featured in publications by Poetry Wales, Nawr Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, and The Seventh Quarry. In 2022, he was shortlisted for Disability Arts Cymru’s Creative Word Award. Leigh was recently selected by Literature Wales’ writer development programme, ‘Representing Wales’ (2023/24), geared towards writing for young people.