The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Silver Birch

Listen to Paula's poem ... read by JH
slender and forgiving
guardian of the playing field.
Look-out post
or fairy den.
Curator of huddles,
spiller of secrets,
and troubles
Tambourine leaves
tickle the fence,
a shivering bridge
between here and out there.
Mission control
or crow’s nest perch.
Meet me at the silver birch.

About the Writer

Paula Thompson

Paula wrote her first story aged seven on her mum’s old typewriter - and has been writing ever since. As a newspaper journalist she has written for a variety of publications, but her true passion is creating poems and stories for children (you might have seen some of them in The Caterpillar magazine). She recently graduated with distinction from The University of Winchester’s MA in Writing for Children and is very excited to take flight on The Dirigible Balloon!