The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Hey Tiger!

Listen to Julie's brilliant poem ...
Hey parrot!
Lend me those wings,
just for today I promise,
sit still and squawk
as I swoop and soar,
chasing the air around me.

Hey zebra!
Lend me those hooves,
just for today I promise,
sit down and observe
as I gallop and leap,
faster than anything nearby.

Hey tiger!
Lend me those paws,
just for today I promise,
lie there and watch
as I sprint and dash,
racing the wind beside me.

Hey animals!
Lend me your skills,
just for today I promise,
rest and relax
as I dart and dive,
my day of being you has arrived.

About the Writer

Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens writes poems for both adults and children. She covers many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. Her children’s poems have been published in many places including Paper Lanterns, Balloons Lit Journal, Parakeet Magazine, The Toy, Tyger Tyger, The Dirigible Balloon, Brian Moses’ blog and in anthologies. She has three published adult pamphlets: Step into the Dark (2023) and Balancing Act (2021) both with The Hedgehog Poetry Press and Quicksand (Dreich, 2020).