The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Listen to the Children

A balloon flew past my window
All clothed in scarlet cloth
The basket swung beneath it
Like a huge exotic moth
Protected in the basket
Stood a small excited boy
The world spread out below him
Like a giant’s forgotten toy
He saw the seas a–glitter
And the deserts stretching wide
He saw the cool green forests
And he felt a surge of pride
He wanted to protect it
This fragile planet earth
To stop the changing climate
And global warming getting worse
From the safety of the basket
He called to those below
‘Please stop what you are doing and -
Let our planet grow!’

About the Writer

Kit Weston

Former primary teacher and school librarian, Kit is an enthusiastic reader and creative writer, who runs poetry workshops for children. Living in The Garden of England, she takes inspiration from everything – though the natural world and the children she is privileged to teach do feature. Her poetry has appeared here (The Dirigible Balloon), Parakeet Magazine and has been used in schools from Tonbridge to Bristol! One of her poems has recently been translated into Croatian on behalf of JAR a Juvenile Arthritis Research charity, very close to her heart! You can find her @Kit_weston1.