The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Captain Caterpillar

On the koi pond
at the end of
the garden path,
in the shadow of
the catalpa tree,
a caterpillar
floats on a leaf and
imagines himself
captain of a ship,
sailing through
shark infested

About the Writer

Deb Reidy

Deb is a former elementary teacher. When in the classroom, she enjoyed sharing the wonders of poetry with her students. Her work has been published in Cricket and Highlights magazines and the poetry anthology Hop to It. Deb is also the author of two education resource books. Her many years of teaching, as well as her interactions with young family members and neighborhood children, are often inspiration for her poems.