The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Essence of Fireweed

Aftermath of wildfires -
Buried under the burnt soil,
You rise from the ashes
Pink petalled beauty.
A glimmer of hope
In the smoky darkness.

Your soft, red stems
Relieve our hunger
With warm soups and stews
For the cold winter.

A remedy for coughs,
Herbal tea from your leaves
Soothes our sore throats,
Helping us to breathe.

Nature will prevail
Despite destruction and strife,
To restore all that was lost
And bring us back to life.

About the Writer

Josie De Falco

Josie grew up in a large Victorian house full of storytelling and plays with her big Italian/English family. Her inspiration is her children and childhood memories in the Yorkshire Dales, and seaside coast of Filey. Josie is an advocate for encouraging children to explore their imagination through nature and support mental wellbeing. Her childhood nickname is Tinker Bell and a fan of the poems Flower Fairies. Josie’s work has been featured in Parakeet, and forthcoming publication in a nature anthology.