The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Perfect Peach

Orange fruit, speckled
with a thousand tiny red spots,
ripened to perfection—plump and soft,
plush and slightly sweet
juice cool as a summer morning
slurping down your chin.

About the Writer

Ruth Healy

Ruth was born in rural Pennsylvania where her backyard ran out into the fields and through the woods for miles. She had secret reading and writing spots underneath the trees, away from the hustle and bustle of four sisters. Ruth wrote mysteries based on her experiences with Nancy Drew, letters to pen pals from around the globe and wistful stories about growing up. More recently, after being introduced to poetry by Charles Causley, she has started writing children’s poetry.