The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Was it Something I Said?

I once knew a newt known as Nelson
who lived at the edge of a spring.
He came to my hand when I called him
to gobble the insects I’d bring.

But one day I seemed to offend him
with a joke about poisonous kin.
He dove in the water and left me!
That newt must have had a thin skin.

About the Writer


Lisa Varchol Perron

Lisa Varchol Perron writes children's poetry, picture books, and middle-grade novels. Past and forthcoming publications include The Caterpillar, Highlights Hello, High Five, The School Magazine and children's poetry anthologies. She was a finalist in the 2021 Madness! Poetry tournament for children's poets, and her debut picture book is scheduled for spring of 2023. Lisa lives with her family just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.