The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

First Flight

The baby bird
before leaping from the nest,
afraid to leave his
familiar, cozy home
But he steps off the branch,
trading comfort
for the chance
to fly freely
across the sky.

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.