The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Night Rain

It cloaks me like a blanket.

I thank it.

It tittle-tatters me to sleep.

On quiet nights I stay awake.

It’s late.

I’m thinking thoughts and counting sheep.

On rainy nights I’m soothed.


Rough patches from the day removed.

The noise swirls round the room

And soon…



About the Writer

Annelies Judson

Annelies hails from Aotearoa New Zealand. She likes cooking, cricket, and her kids (not in that order). Her debut picture book will be out in 2025. More information about Annelies can be found at