The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Pond Poker

Listen to Moe's poem ...
It was a steamy Saturday night
at the pondside poker game.
Gamblers both wet and dry
had come to stake a claim.

Four aces for the grinning leech.
Deuces down for old dragonfly.
The cricket chirped “Time to fold.”
The bullfrog bellowed “WHY?”

Once again, it was a losing hand
he clutched in his webbed fist.
The frog now knew for sure,
there was a cheater in their midst.

The leech slurped “See ya next week!”
The dragonfly buzzed away.
The cricket hopped out the door.
The frog croaked “Leech … you stay”

He made a leap for the leech,
the sucker fell on his face.
Stuck to his butt for all to see:
A Queen, a King an Ace.

The leech commenced his lying
but the frog cried “Don’t pretend!”
Then unstuck all the winnings
from that slimy rear hind end.

Since that night at the clubhouse,
the leech is banned from the table.
The owner keeps it fair and square
as best as he is able.

About the Writer

Moe Phillips

Moe is a poet, writer and filmmaker. Recipient of a Gold Clio in 2019, for her work with Disney, she has been published in over twenty anthologies for children and adults. She is a regular contributor to Bella Grace Magazine. Moe has created short films for award winning poets - Naomi Shihab Nye, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard. Her latest creation is “The Feisty Beast” an audio content series she pens and produces.