The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Our Dog’s Dinner

Meat or fish, it doesn’t matter,
nothing hangs about in our dog’s dish
for long.

It’s there to be eaten as fast as she can
in case the invisible dog in our house
should steal it from under her nose.
(The same invisible dog
that might claim her spot on the settee
should she abandon it for too long.)

So she hardly pauses to take a breath,
no time to savour the flavour
as she wolfs it down.

Then she licks her lips, tongue swiping her face,
the way she eats would be a disgrace
if we were to eat like that.

But gourmet meal or supermarket deal,
it’s all the same
to our dog.

About the Writer

Brian Moses

Brian is an English poet who writes mainly for children. He has over 200 published works and has given over 3000 performances of his poetry and percussion show. His poetry books and anthologies for Macmillan have sold in excess of 1 million copies. He was asked by CBBC to write a poem for the Queen's 80th birthday and was invited by Prince Charles to speak at Prince’s Summer School for teachers at Cambridge University in 2007. Brian is Co-director of the Able Writers’ Scheme (now called the AIM High Writers' Scheme) which he founded in 2002. Brian can be contacted at