The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Dark and Deep

For things that scurry, things that creep,
the woods are lovely, dark and deep.
While sunshine shimmers high I’m fine
to play among the dappled pine.
But when the sun sinks low and hides
its warmth and cheer and dusk divides
the day from night, I feel a chill
as fog falls fast. A screech owl’s shrill
and eerie shriek is all I need
to turn my feet with fear-filled speed
towards home and leave the dark and deep
to things that scurry, things that creep.

About the Writer

Rebekah Hoeft

Rebekah is a writer and teacher from the Metro Detroit area in Michigan in the United States. She has a husband, two kids and a classroom full of kindergarten students. Her writing is often inspired by nature and things that have happened to her or her kids. Her poetry can be found in anthologies, most recently in Hop To It: Poems to Get Your Moving and 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways.