The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Poem from Derek the Dalek

Listen to Derek the Dalek read his poem ...
I'm not your average Dalek,
you know the sort I mean,
all bent on domination;
giving vent to all that spleen.

I like to think I'm different
from other Dalek crew,
who keep emotions hidden
while exterminating you.

I don't agree with killing,
with plans to subjugate.
The Universe is lovely
and I find it hard to hate.

In fact, I've got my own plan;
Picture by JH : )
Picture by JH : )

I'm working from within!
I'm teaching other Daleks
how to knit and sew and spin.

I run a secret workshop
where Daleks can relax
and find their inner Dalek;
drive the monkey off their backs.

We try to be creative;
to make things, not destroy.
I run a Dalek choir
learning Ludwig's 'Ode To Joy'.

I’m often seen out wandering
all lonely, as a cloud,
while contemplating daffodils
declaring out aloud

the beauty of the world around
in verse, as you can see.
I’d rather write a sonnet than
make folks scream, shout and flee.

For I’m the Dalek Laureate,
and on this day of verse,
I choose to make the world a better place;
not make it worse.

So if you see a Dalek
in home-knit wool poncho,
don't run off in a panic,
come across and say 'Hello! ' : )

About the Writer


Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry (My Camel's Name Is Brian) is available through TMB Books and Maytree Press published a further collection (Fledge) in 2020. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions. He is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon.