The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Mind Garden

As you lay in bed
Wrapped up in slumber,
I grew you a garden.
It started with a tiny seed,
A freckle on the earth’s skin.
Raindrops fell from the sky
Like precious jewels

First shoots appear,
Fragile and new.
Mother nature’s gift
Just for you.

Seedlings grow
Into all the colours
Of spring;
Purple haze tulips
Blush sweet peas
Lemon primrose
And sky-blue lilies.

The garden is now alive
With buzzing bees and hoverflies,
Whisper their secrets
To the dancing butterflies.

Soothing notes of lavender
Filters through the breeze.
Take a long deep breath,
To make you feel at ease.

Hung from thick branches
Of an old oak tree,
A wooden swing sways
As if waiting for me.
In the darkness of the night,
You feel lonely.
In the garden of your mind,
Come find me.

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.