The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Carole read her poem ...
Even the cows are wearing them,
and looking cool and stylish;
the mask fits snug above the nose
and ends below the eyelash.

Cows, you see, do massive burps
because they live on grasses
which give them wind at either end
producing harmful gases.

Scientists studied herds of cows
and, in between their slurps,
ran after them with little bags
to catch the dreaded burps.

They made a mask to turn each belch,
or so said the reporter,
to something kinder to the Earth
like Co2 and water.

What worries me in spite of this
(I’m asking for a friend)
is what becomes of all the gas
from out the other end?

About the Writer

Carole Bromley

Carole was born in Middlesbrough in the UK and lives in York. She writes for both adults and children and her poems have been widely published in many different magazines. She has had pamphlets and collections published and has also won a number of competitions, including the Bridport, the Yorkshire Open, Torbay, Poetry Space and the Bronte Society Literary Prize. Her poems for children have been published in The Caterpillar, in her collection, Blast Off! and in anthologies from MacMillan and Emma Press. She was the winner of the 2022 Caterpillar Prize.