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 Spiller is a Scottish poet and children’s author, who has spent many years living and teaching in S-E Asia, E Asia and the Middle East. She is the author of four picture books, The Blue Sock (2019), Star Sailor (2020), On The Shelf (2021) and A Shell for Cleo (2022) by Marshall Cavendish Ltd. (Asia). Her poetry for children is available on the British Council’s Learn English Kids website, as well as here on The Dirigible Balloon.