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Valerie Worth Bahlke (October 29, 1933 - July 31, 1994) was a poet and author of children's books who wrote under her maiden name, Valerie Worth.
Valerie Worth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where her father taught biology at Swarthmore College. In 1947 the family moved to Tampa, Florida for four years, and then spent a year in Bangalore, ... more »
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A far thud
Then the rocket
Climbs the air,
A dull red flare,
To hang, a moment
Its shut black shell cracks
And claps against the ears
Breaks and billows into bloom
Spilling down clear green sparks, gold spears,
Silent sliding silver waterfalls and stars.