The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Creatures Everywhere

When I lived in Singapore
Every day I’d see
A hornbill waiting near my school
to say hello to me.

When I lived in Thailand
I knew that somewhere near
there’d be a gecko’s sticky toes
tiptoeing there and here.

When I lived in Vietnam
Some chickens lived next door
They weren’t plain and simple,
but had plumes and crowns galore.

When I lived in the desert
in Oman, to my surprise
the goats climbed trees and stood there
with bold triumph in their eyes.

When I lived in Egypt,
there were camels quite close by.
Sure-footed, they stepped proudly
with their heads held extra high.

In every single country,
there are creatures big and small.
I’d like to visit everywhere
so I could see them all!

About the Writer

Gillian Spiller

Gillian Spiller is a Scottish poet and children’s author, who has spent many years living and teaching in S-E Asia, E Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of four picture books, The Blue Sock (2019), Star Sailor (2020), On The Shelf (2021) and A Shell for Cleo (2022) by Marshall Cavendish Ltd. (Asia). Her poetry for children is available on the British Council’s Learn English Kids website, as well as here on The Dirigible Balloon.