The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Belly Butterflies

When I get so worried my belly whirls,
I’ve discovered it helps to think
that the flittering, flapping flutters
are butterflies, gold and pink,

on a springtime spree inside of me
as they fly from bloom to bloom.
First they pause to sip nectar in the sun,
then they zig and zag and zoom.

If you get so stressed your belly flips,
here is something you might try:
Why not picture each jitter inside you
as a bright-winged butterfly?

About the Writer


Helen Kemp Zax

Helen loves to write poetry, especially poems that rhyme. She is co-winner of the 2021 YorkMix International Children’s Poetry Prize, the 2018 MG Katherine Paterson Prize winner, and a Finalist in the 2019 contest. Her poetry appears in Cricket, Hunger Mountain, Hop To It, The School Magazine, High Five, The Caterpillar, Better Than Starbucks, and Dear Tomato. Helen lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their crazy Aussiedoodle, Huckleberry Finn.