The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


I can soothe you;
I can lash you,
I can make you wear a hat.
I can get under your collar
I can hit you with a splat!
I can make your feet all soggy,
I can bash your flowers flat,
I can stop you playing games outside;
Yes me, I do all that!

About the Writer

Val Harris

Val lives near Farnham with a horse and husband and several grandchildren living nearby, who like to mark her poems out of ten. She used to write for adults, but decided she much preferred writing poetry for children, after her debut poem was published online with The Dirigible Balloon in 2021. Since then, several others have appeared on various balloon flights, and she has had poems published in The Caterpillar Magazine, Paperbound Magazine, The Toy Press and Little Thoughts Press. You can find her as Val Poet on Instagram and @dragontripper Val Poet on Twitter.