The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Cat Called Penguin

Listen to Sarah reading her poem ...
because he’s wearing a tuxedo
just like a penguin does
all dressed in black and white,

because he’s a ball of mischief
a mix of curious and shy, so hissing
really loud usually avoids a fight,

because he cannot fly but excels
at jumping high, and often, especially
for fish, particularly when my back

is turned and he swipes one
from my dish...
and because both species

love tobogganing, I promise you
it’s true, but where penguins slip about
on ice, my cat he likes to slide down

the windscreen of my car
yowling ‘Tally-ho the hunt is on -
and I’ve just seen two mice!’

About the Writer

Sarah Wallis

Sarah is a writer based in Scotland, with work published in journals cross genre, poetry, flash fiction and stage. She has x2 chapbooks out in the world - Medusa Retold @fly_press / Quietus Makes an Eerie @dancinggrlpress, with one due in May 2022 How to Love the Hat Thrower from @SelcouthStation. Her website is and she tweets @wordweave