The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Letting Your Gerbil Out

Listen to Kate's poem ...
Let your gerbil out and it may
hop it before you can stop it –

roll in a ball
and spin down the hall

drop in a shoe
pop to the loo

hide in a box
devour your socks

bathe in the flour
take a hot shower

try your computer
borrow your scooter

nibble a wire
start a great fire

head out the door
leave to explore

or just curl up in your pocket

About the Writer

Kate Williams

Kate has been writing poems for children for over two decades, with 150 - 200 published to date. She has many contributions to anthologies by major publishers, including Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Hodder, Dorling Kindersley and Bloomsbury, with others appearing in arts magazines such as The Caterpillar (Ireland), Cricket Magazine and Better Than Starbucks (USA), and The School Magazine (Australia). Her work has also contributed to national curriculum support material and she shares her writing passion with children in school workshops.