The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Alphabet Safari

Listen to Julie's poem ... read by JH
Follow me please. Down by these trees
a family of golden Gs
and almost hidden out of view
a Crimson-Crested W.
Now, can you hear the hungry cries
of baby Lesser-Spotted Is
as mother hurries with their tea –
a feast of wriggling Vs and Es?

Pause if you will over this hill.
A wide-eyed O sits very still
as a herd of gentle As graze
beside a troop of Ring-Tailed Js.
Observe the solitary N
skulking round a young D’s den,
now startled by a scaly K
who’s rarely seen out in the day.

Now, just for you some river views.
This pack of tired, marching Qs
and stumbling Us have travelled far
with huffing H and snarling R.
The soothing waters welcome them
to wallow with the giant M
while graceful Ls with slender necks
cool off beside a speckled X.

Finally, a cacophony
as trilling Ts and humming Bs,
sweet chirping Ps and clicking Cs
serenade the evening breeze.
Watch sleepy S and weary Z
lay down to rest their tired heads,
as flock of Fs and cloud of Ys
float off across the sunset skies.

About the Writer

Julie Anna Douglas

Julie has been writing poems for as long as she can remember and many of them have found homes is beautiful magazines like The Caterpillar, Ladybug and Spider and in poetry collections by The Emma Press and MacMillan Publishing. She particularly enjoys combining poetry and art in workshops for children and her first poetry collection 'Painting Poems' illustrated by Jools Wilson is full of colourful poetry and creative ideas. Her next book is full of poetry maps and will be out soon!