The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Henry Hedgehog

Henry Hedgehog needs some HELP !
but he’s too proud to make a yelp.
He wants to make a grand bouquet
to give his mom on Mother’s Day.
Collecting flowers should be fun …
He tries so hard but gathers NONE.
A rosebush thorn caught in his thumb.
Another one has pierced his bum!
Forget Me Nots just make him wheeze.
The Hollyhocks all make him sneeze.
The Dandelions wilt too fast.
Carnations are supposed to last —
until poor Henry has a fall …
He trips. They fly. A free-for-all!
And so, poor Henry with a shrug,
instead gives Mom a great big hug.

About the Writer

Michelle S Kennedy

Michelle is an American children’s picture book writer and poet, wife, mother, and interior decorator. She is a local liaison for SCBWI, a member of 12x12 Picture Book Challenge and Making Room for Rhyme Writer’s Group. She is a 2022, PB Party Finalist and her poetry for children has won several honorable mentions in various contests, including the 2022, ‘50 Precious Words Contest’. She lives in Georgia in the United States with her family, cat and a handful of hermit crabs and is currently querying agents for representation of her work.