The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Ence-Pence, W Której Ręce?

In Poland, we play a special game of hide and seek.
Auntie gets her hands ready, and Maja cannot peek!
One hand has a toy. Which one could it be?
Auntie holds her hands out closed for Maja to see.
“Ence-pence, w której ręce?” Auntie asks which hand is full.
Maja opens one to find a tiny sheep made out of wool!

Please note: “Maja” in Polish is pronounced “Maya.”

About the Writer

Veronica Szczygiel

Veronica Szczygiel, Ph.D., is a writer and Director of Online Learning at Fordham University in New York City. She loves to hike and camp with her survivalist husband and their rescue dog Sonia. She gardens with her adopted cat Shadow in her magical urban backyard, bakes bread and fruit tarts, paints landscapes, travels, and reads avidly. Veronica has published in Highlights High Five, FAITH, Radiant, Busted Halo and other multimedia publications. You can find her work on her website,