The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Let Basil go to Basildon

Let Basil go to Basildon,
Let Lester go to Leicester,
Let Steven go to Stevenage
With raincoat and sou’wester.

Let Peter go to Peterhead,
Let Dudley go to Dudley,
Let Milton go to Milton Keynes,
The pavements there are puddly.

Let Felix go to Felixstowe,
Let Barry go to Barry,
Let Mabel go to Mablethorpe,
But I at home shall tarry.

Let Alice go to Alice Springs,
Let Florence go to Florence,
Let Benny go to Benidorm,
Where rain comes down in torrents.

Let Winnie go to Winnipeg,
Let Sidney go to Sydney,
Let Otto go to Ottawa,
I am not of that kidney.

Let Vera go to Veracruz,
Let Nancy go to Nancy,
But I’ll stay home while others roam,
Abroad I do not fancy.
This picture is copyright (©) Colin West 2022
This picture is copyright (©) Colin West 2022

About the Writer

Colin West

Colin lives in Battle, East Sussex. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration and has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books. His poems have appeared in anthologies by Roger McGough and Julia Donaldson. He now writes purely for his own pleasure and enjoys collecting old books, mainly of poetry.