The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Jumping Beans

Way down in Mexico
On a rocky desert hub,
You’ll find us hanging out
On a Pavoniana shrub.

We’re invaded by an insect,
A certain kind of moth,
Who wriggles in and lays her eggs
In the seeds inside our pods.

When the larvae start to hatch
The wriggling pods fall down.
Our seeds turn into jumping beans
Bouncing on the ground.

About the Writer

Val Harris

Val lives near Farnham with a horse and husband and several grandchildren living nearby, who like to mark her poems out of ten. She used to write for adults, but decided she much preferred writing poetry for children, after her debut poem was published online with The Dirigible Balloon in 2021. Since then, several others have appeared on various balloon flights, and she has had poems published in The Caterpillar Magazine, Paperbound Magazine, The Toy Press and Little Thoughts Press. You can find her as Val Poet on Instagram and @dragontripper Val Poet on Twitter.