The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Recipe for a Spring Birthday Cake

Listen to Zaro's poem ...
1. Take a few deep breaths of almond blossom and shake them into your palest green bowl trying not to spill.

2. Add two drops of new lavender clouds. (they must be soft enough) and two or three ounces of warm bee-buzz (not more)

3. Stir in one cup of big wind gusts and two cups of pearl-drenched downpours.

4. Add eight tablespoons of white daisy petals and twenty one teaspoons of new oak leaf buds. (You can also substitute dandelions if desired…but the taste will be noticeably different)

5. Mix in as many tiny bird chirps as you can find as well as a handful of pleasant sounding tweets. (any tweet will probably work)

6. Sift out a dozen worms through fifty tablespoons of damp clotted earth. Add to bowl. (depending on worm availability you might require either more or less earth)

7. Finely chop a few choice blades of unmown grass for a natural seasoning. Use as desired. (cook's tip...I have often added in a few thorny brambles for added texture at this step)

8. Let everything gently bake in a fresh sunbeam for a few weeks.

9. Remove as slowly as you can and let sit until fully ripe.

For the icing

Carefully choose the tenderest roses you can find and melt their fragrance onto your cake moistening with a rainbowed wildflower mist. Then quickly drench the entire cake with a moon-mix of silver sparkles adding some emerald-bright four leaf clover sprinkles over everything for a final decorative garnish as well as for good luck.

Invite your friends, blow up the balloons, light the candles and serve at once.

Ps. Remember, there is no need to slice.

About the Writer

Zaro Weil

Zaro has been a lot of things: dancer, theatre director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector and historian, author, publisher and a few others. She has been collecting American quilts for more than twenty years and has exhibited her collection variously in London galleries. She has written on quilts for Vogue, Elle Decoration, Traditional Homes and Interiors as well as numerous newspapers. Her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies. She has written several books including a book of children’s poetry, Mud, Moon and Me (Orchard Books, UK and Houghton Mifflin, USA), Firecrackers (Troika) illustrated by Jo Riddell and Cherry Moon (2020 CLiPPA Award Winner).