The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Here Come the Lions!

Listen to Gillian ...
Here come the lions!
See them shake!
Thundering drums
make the pavement quake.

Enormous heads
jerk side to side
with blinking eyes,
mouth open wide.

The acrobats wow
with daring feats,
showering the crowd
with sparkling sweets.

Chuc mung nam moi!
Xin nian kwai ler!
Gong hei fat choy!
Have a happy new year!

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.