The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

If it were Christmas Day

I'd be the sparkle of a
Silver-trimmed tree
Or the soft of snow-feather
Falling shivers on me

I'd shout out big smiles
Bright crinkle like wrapping
Spy fat present piles
Then bounce a loud clapping

I'd sing a plum pudding
Dance a wild curly-whirl
Then shimmy oh so gooding
That the ornaments would twirl

I'd fly with all the reindeer
Through starry-gleam night
Waving ribbons of cheer
Just like Santa might

I'd beam snowman grins
Shine candle shines
Spin zigzag spins
Cause then I'd know it's time

So I'd hip-hop to my bed
Dream-dazzled all the way
When my pillow whispers soft

Tomorrow's Christmas Day

About the Writer

Zaro Weil

Zaro has been a lot of things: dancer, theatre director, actress, poet, playwright, educator, quilt collector and historian, author, publisher and a few others. She has been collecting American quilts for more than twenty years and has exhibited her collection variously in London galleries. She has written on quilts for Vogue, Elle Decoration, Traditional Homes and Interiors as well as numerous newspapers. Her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies. She has written several books including a book of children’s poetry, Mud, Moon and Me (Orchard Books, UK and Houghton Mifflin, USA), Firecrackers (Troika) illustrated by Jo Riddell and Cherry Moon (2020 CLiPPA Award Winner).