The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Dear Santa

Listen to Kathryn ...
Dear Santa, I’m so sorry there are no cookies for you today.
I really did try my best. Please let me explain.

You have a most demanding job zipping round the world
distributing presents to all the boys and girls.

You must get very hungry with no time to stop and eat.
So I decided I would make you a munchious scrumptious treat.

This afternoon I baked you cookies (big ones with chocolate chunks!)
and left them cooling on the bench while I wrapped presents after lunch.

Mum ate the first one: “I’ll only have a taste!”
Then Dad had to have one: “Just to check that it’s okay!”

My sister ate some others – she didn’t even ask!
And I saw my brother with a fistful as he wandered past.

When I got back to the kitchen to put the rest away,
they were all gone. Just crumbs remained on an empty plate.

So Santa, I’m very sorry. I really truly am.
I hope you’ll still leave me presents. Yours sincerely, Sam.

About the Writer

Kathryn Dove

Kathryn writes fiction and poetry for children. She enjoys the alchemy of poetry and seeing how a dash of imagination can transform ordinary life into something surprising and wonderful. She has lived in London and spent a summer working in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. Kathryn now lives with her family in Auckland, New Zealand.