The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Mermaid

Listen to Jacqueline Shirtliff read her poem
A sudden splash,
Green, glistening scales.
A flash of skin,
A flick of tail.

A pale face,
Wild, windswept hair,
A leap, a dive,
I stand and stare …
I’m sure I saw a mermaid there!

About the Writer


Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. She is passionate about instilling a love of poetry and reading in the children she teaches and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea, and when she's not teaching or writing she enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time!