The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

My Voice

A mirrored fish
in a sun-flashed stream.

Moth breath
in a milky moonbeam.

It creeps to my throat,
in the dark,

longing to fly
and sing
like a lark.

For now,
I will whisper
in words of lace

while the sleeping lion
of the chase.

About the Writer

Helen Laycock

Poet and storyteller, Helen Laycock also writes fiction and poetry for 8–12-year-olds (information on her website). Formerly a primary school teacher, she has been employed as a creator of fiction and non-fiction text for SATs reading and comprehension revision and has been involved in judging and presenting children’s writing prizes locally. Her children’s poetry has appeared in The Caterpillar and has won and been shortlisted in several writing competitions.