The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Poem from Derek the Dalek

Listen to Derek the Dalek reading 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, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press, but is no longer available. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poem Masterclass was chosen as the Milk House Poem of the year at the end of 2022.