The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

BFF (Best Friends Forever)

Listen to Farrah, Emilia and Rosie read Jacqueline's poem ...
Last week a new girl joined our school;
She’s clever, pretty, funny, cool.
She’s sitting next to my best friend.
They chat and giggle; I pretend
That I’m not bothered, I don’t care,
But deep inside I’m really scared
I’m not Li’s best friend anymore.
That’s why my eyes are red and sore.

Last week a new girl came to school
She’s kind and friendly, dark-haired, tall.
She’s just like Jo, who’s my best friend.
They’d get on well, and I intend
To ask Jo and my new friend, Claire,
Both round to play, but I’m just scared
Jo doesn’t like me anymore.
I wonder why her eyes are sore?

Last week I moved and my new school
Is fun, I love it. Best of all
I quickly made a great new friend
Who asked me if, the next weekend,
I would come with her to the fair.
But Jo, her best friend, will be there.
I hope Jo likes me; I’m not sure.
She’s always sad. Her eyes look sore.

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. She is passionate about instilling a love of poetry and reading in the children she teaches and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea, and when she's not teaching or writing she enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time!