The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

My Animal Trick

If I’m feeling
A little bit small and shy
I think of the biggest
Animal I know,
Like an elephant -
Which is also very loud.
I stand up as tall as I can
And imagine that elephant
With its big feet stomping
Through a crowded room
And trumpeting its arrival;
Or a towering giraffe,
Or maybe a rhinoceros
With a big horn
On the end of its nose?
It works because
I imagine it’s me and then
I don’t feel quite so
small or shy anymore!

About the Writer

Val Harris

Val lives near Farnham with a horse and husband and several grandchildren living nearby, who like to mark her poems out of ten. She used to write for adults, but decided she much preferred writing poetry for children, after her debut poem was published online with The Dirigible Balloon in 2021. Since then, several others have appeared on various balloon flights, and she has had poems published in The Caterpillar Magazine, Paperbound Magazine, The Toy Press and Little Thoughts Press. You can find her as Val Poet on Instagram and @dragontripper Val Poet on Twitter.