The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


In lazy circles, hill-top high,
with periodic, plaintive cry,
two buzzards, silhouetted, fly
against a hazy, azure sky.

Free to go just where they please,
they glide and soar with expertise.
Each hovers, hanging on the breeze,
then spirals down amongst the trees.

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet, and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, Northern Gravy, The Toy, and Little Thoughts Press.