The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

New Boy

I don’t wish to play football
It’s not really my scene.
You see I like to dress neatly
And keep myself clean.
My name’s Giles Cornelius.
I’ve been to Mars and back.
I’d have stayed a little longer
But I forgot to take my mac.
I’ve also been to Venus
At twice the speed of light
I went there on my skateboard
Why just the other night
I’ve seen the rings of Saturn
And Pluto’s moons close to
I’ve even been to Jupiter
Believe me this is true.
Now I’m off to a black hole,
Alright may be I’ll go next week,
Now where is that football
Of which you highly speak.

About the Writer


Bernard Pearson

Bernard's work appears in many publications, including; Aesthetica Magazine, The Edinburgh Review, Crossways, The Gentian, Nymphs The Poetry Village, Beneath The Fever, The Beach Hut Little Stone, The Caterpillar Magazine. In 2017 a selection of his poetry ‘In Free Fall’ was published by Leaf by Leaf Press. In 2019 he won second prize in The Aurora Prize for Writing.