The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Community Garden

Just around the corner
in an overgrown vacant lot,
the neighbors worked together
to dig a garden plot.
They dumped compost on the soil
and dragged in an old rubber hose.
They planted seeds and tender shoots,
all in tidy rows.
Some grew tomatoes,
others peppers and peas.
Each neighbor made the choice
to grow whatever they pleased.
Through the long days of summer,
they weeded and watered and hoed.
They pruned unruly stems
and kept the grassy paths mowed.
The neighbors harvested the vegetables
from spring lettuce to squash in the fall.
The tasty community garden
was joyfully devoured by all!

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.