The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


The cuttlefish seizes
The chance when it pleases
To show off its prizes,
Its colourful guises.
When danger arises
The cuttlefish chooses
Some clever disguises
And brilliant ruses.

The cuttlefish uses
A plan it devises,
A plan that confuses
And often bemuses.
A plan that comprises
Its inky surprises
The cuttlefish oozes
(sometimes hypnotises).

The predator loses
And off the prey breezes.
The danger defuses
And nervousness eases
The colour arises
The cuttlefish snoozes.
The end.

About the Writer

Pamela Jones

Pamela is a British-Australian children’s author, poet, and reviewer. Her poetry has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including The School Magazine and The Great Untamed: Poems to Share, published by Oxford University Press in 2024. Her debut picture book, Ayla’s Christmas Wish was published in 2023 by NLA Publishing (Australia). Pamela lives in Melbourne.