The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Bear Beyond Compare

A fluffy cuddly teddy bear
In a fast red sleek sports car
As a Scalextric track driving superstar

Put the paw on the accelerator
Car roars into action greater
Faster, faster, faster!

World a blur
Feel it in the fur
Cause a stir!

Too swift, too quick
Too speedy, too hasty
Too rapid, too soon

Flies off the track on the curve
Through the air, don’t lose your nerve!
Higher, higher, hold on to your verve!

So nearly out of this place
Teddy bear almost reaches space
Far away from the race

Lands with a bump
And a whirr
And a jump

Still zooms at high-speed
But no longer in Scalextric land
Not holding back you understand

The open carpet
Stretches before the bear
They can be anyone, go anywhere

A world to explore and have some fun
One paw after another he won’t be outdone
The bear’s new life has just begun

As a living room driving superstar
In a fast red sleek sports car
A fluffy cuddly teddy bear.

About the Writer

Peter Devonald

Peter is a poet and screenwriter living in Manchester. 2022 Selected for The Poetic Map of Reading project and the Chronically Online/ Culturable/ Layered Onion Group Show. Also published in Haus-a-rest deconstruction, Dwell Time Press, Tales of the Underbanks (3rd in award), Bolton Breakdown: reawakening, Heaton Post, Cheadle Post, Didsbury Post and 20 publications in previous years. 2001 Heart of the Heatons best poetry winner. Multi-award-winning screenwriter including Children’s Bafta nominated. 150 festival screenings. Formerly senior judge/ mentor Peter Ustinov Awards (iemmys).