The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Jonathan read his poem
I am a little dinosaur;
the only one at school.
When teachers are not looking,
I’m the butt of ridicule.

At playtimes I’m not chosen
for games like hide and seek,
I often end up by myself,
alone and feeling bleak.

Sometimes I lose my sandshoes
and haven’t got a clue
just why I find them soaking
floating in the cloakroom loo.

The bigger kids will taunt me;
they’re such a nasty bunch.
But there’s no need to worry ‘cos
I eat them for my lunch.

About the Writer

Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry, My Camel's Name Is Brian, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poem Masterclass was chosen as the Milk House Poem of the year at the end of 2022.