The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Mince Pies

The ‘fact’ that Santa likes mince pies is
fake news. In fact, he despises
them; he hates their too-sweet filling,
will not eat them, is unwilling.
So he tips them in his sack
and takes the whole lot with him back
to Mrs Santa and the elves
who, happily, will stuff themselves
on Santa’s reject pastry treats.
He’d rather you just left him sweets!

About the Writer

Fi Calvert

Fi is a primary school teacher by day and a poet by night. She had two poems commended in the YorkMix Poems for Children Competition 2021 and has had a poem about a tardigrade published in The Caterpillar. She loves to write poetry for children in the hope they might relate, laugh or both. Her favourite poems to write are inspired by funny or grumpy things her children say.