The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Dance of the Stream Sprite

Listen to Jacqueline Shirtliff reading her poem
Shuffle through the shady shallows,
Leap from log to log,
Tango past the tangled brambles,
Tiptoe round the bog.

Skipping, stepping, pirouetting where the minnows teem;
I’m dancing to the mesmerizing music of the stream.

Balance over broken branches,
Limbo under bridges,
Twist and turn through murky tunnels,
Samba with the midges.

Skipping, stepping, pirouetting where the minnows teem;
I’m dancing to the mesmerizing music of the stream.

Waltz wildly down the waterfalls,
Gallop up the glen,
Slip smoothly through deep glassy pools
Then dance it all again!

Skipping, stepping, pirouetting where the minnows teem;
Come, join me in my dancing to the music of the stream.

About the Writer


Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. She is passionate about instilling a love of poetry and reading in the children she teaches and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea, and when she's not teaching or writing she enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time!