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 is a poet and children’s author from Scotland, who has spent many years in S-E Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of three picture books, The Blue Sock (2019), Star Sailor (2020) and On The Shelf (2021) (Marshall Cavendish Ltd. (Asia)). Some of her children’s poetry is on the British Council’s LearnEnglishKids website. She also writes poetry as Gillian Craig, with poems published by New Writing Scotland, Orbis and 192 magazine among others.