The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


A bugbear can be very small;
nothing like a bear at all.

It’s not a bear you’d ever hug.
And neither is it like a bug.

It’s quite unbearable, the way
a bugbear bugs you every day.

I wonder if it could be true
that bugbears sometimes bug bears too.

About the Writer

Kate ONeil

Kate O’Neil lives in the Illawarra region of NSW and writes poetry for children and adults. Her poems appear in magazines such as The NSW School Magazine and The Caterpillar, and anthologies by Roger McGough, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow, Mandy Coe and The Emma Press. In 2018 her ‘Cool Poems: the Kate O’Neil Reciter’, was published by Triple D Books Wagga Wagga.