The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Katsura Tree

Tanka Poem

Ornamental leaves -
A dazzling red spectacle.
Fragrance rich and sweet,
As if dipped in caramel.
Every gardener’s treat.

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.