The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


A mole should adventure
downwards, and never up
above where the owls dine.

A mole can run backwards,
and somersault to turn
around, never gets stuck.

A mole has tiny hairs
along its snout for touch.
It does not hear so well.

A mole doesn't fear the dark,
but digs blindly, scooping
the soil upwards for luck.

A mole gobbles up worms
and creepy crawly things
that in the darkness dwell.

A mole must dive to thrive,
survive our greedy world
in nifty tunnel design!

About the Writer

Phil Wood

Phil was born and lives in Wales. He studied English Literature at Aberystwyth University. He has worked in statistics, education, shipping and a biscuit factory. He enjoys watercolour painting, bird watching and chess. His writing can be found in various publications, including: The Wild Word, Autumn Sky Daily, Abergavenny Small Press, Ink Pantry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Streetcake Magazine and in a collaboration with John Winder.