The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Dad said Father Christmas
can make your dreams come true.

At first I thought ‘Amazing!’
until I thought it through.

I sometimes dream of aliens
with giant yellow knees,

I sometimes dream of monsters
and talking conker trees.

I sometimes dream of having
a badger for a head,

I sometimes dream of sleeping
on a wobbly custard bed.

Dad said Father Christmas
can get my dreams for me,

but I wouldn’t want that lot
underneath the Christmas tree.

About the Writer

Carl Burkitt

Carl likes telling tales. He tells long tales, short tales, silly tales, sad tales. He tells them online, behind a mic, in books, in schools, and on the sofa with his young family. His debut kids’ collection, Elephants Sleep in Bunk Beds, was published by Beir Bua in 2021.