The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Barn resider
Graceful glider

Fast flitter
Sky orbiter

Skillful swooper

Grass skimmer
Rain swimmer

Fork-tailed diver
Summer arriver

Gnat snatcher
Supper catcher

In-flight natterer
Chirruping chatterer

Can you guess?
I’m a swallow, yes!

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet, and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, Northern Gravy, The Toy, and Little Thoughts Press.