The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Clever Mum

Listen to Julie's poem ...
My Mum skips with spaghetti
she juggles with ten eggs,
I think Mum’s really clever
when she sleeps on one leg.

She tells me stories with her hands
turning fingers into fluffy friends,
she can even make giant puddles
when the rain comes to an end.

My Mum plays the drums
whilst standing on her head,
she knows the words of every song
to sing when I’m scared.

What I like, the cleverest of all,
are the cartwheels she can turn,
because Mum always gives me hugs
whilst twirling upside down!

About the Writer

Julie Stevens

Julie writes poems for both adults and children. She covers many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. Her children’s poems have been published in Paper Lanterns, Parakeet Magazine, Buzgaga, The Toy, Tyger Tyger, The Dirigible Balloon, Better Than Starbucks, Brian Moses’ blog, The Poetry and Reading Realm and in anthologies. She has three published adult pamphlets: Step into the Dark (2023) and Balancing Act (2021) both with The Hedgehog Poetry Press and Quicksand (Dreich, 2020).