The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Gillian's poem ... read by JH
swinging through the trees,
crashing through the branches
annoying all the bees.

soaring through the air,
knocking heads off flowers,
petals everywhere.

swimming in the sea,
crunching into lobsters,
sharks and fish all flee.

scrambling up the rocks,
smashing up the nests
of pterodactyl flocks.

pirouettes on ice,
cracking giant icebergs
with each swish and slice.

What a splendid show!
Clapping seems to follow
every time you go!

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.