The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


The savannah is a runway
When predators are near
This leggy bird won’t hang about
When she wants out of here
Her bouncy strides are massive
She reaches epic speeds
Goodness knows she’s got the toes
For the getaway she needs
The wind whips through her feathers
The scenery’s a blur
But could it be that as she flees
A memory might stir?
Something deep, ancestral
A murmur in her mind
Of just what it might feel like
To leave the dust behind?
To soar above the grasslands
To cruise up in the blue
To see her world in miniature
Now that’s a birds-eye view!
Fifty-miles an hour
Must almost feel like flying
But her body type’s not right
For gravity-defying
She can only dream about
That sheer exhilaration
All her wings are good for
Is to help deceleration
The savannah is a runway
And she runs away, unbounded
But when it comes to taking off
Our ostrich friend is ... grounded.

About the Writer

Rebecca Loveday

Rebecca is an early years practitioner with a passion for rhymes, poems and rhyming verse stories. She has been writing since she was little but only recently began releasing poems out into the wild. She’s currently working on collections of playful poems for pre-schoolers and peculiar poems for bigger kids. When not writing she enjoys rollerblading and gardening, but not at the same time!