The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Body Surfing

The surfing hippos from the Congo
ride the waves along Loango.
They body surf in salty seas
while taking tonnage off their knees.
They bathe away the bugs and grime
and have themselves the swell-est time.

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.