The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Sister Squirrel and Brother Fox

Sister Squirrel asked Brother Fox,
“Why did it get so cold?”
Brother Fox told Sister Squirrel,
“This year is growing old.

“Look around at the twinkling trees
and all the lights—we’re in December.
This year is almost over,
but we can still remember

the joy we felt in springtime,
when it was warm and green.”
Sister Squirrel said to Brother Fox,
“I know just what you mean,

“but even though it’s cold and dark,
the bare trees’ grand display
against the sky is lovely,
and it takes my breath away.

“And I like our very bushy tails,
and the way our cheeks get rosy;
Mother Nature gives us fur
so we’ll stay warm and cozy.

“I also love the bright red berries
and the ground all snowy white.”
Brother Fox looked around and saw
it was indeed a splendid sight.

Sister Squirrel and Brother Fox
agreed: In her own way,
Mother Nature creates beauty
each season, every day.

About the Writer

Diane Elayne Dees

Diane Elayne Dees is the author of the chapbooks, Coronary Truth (Kelsay Books) and The Last Time I Saw You (Finishing Line Press) and the forthcoming chapbook, The Wild Parrots of Marigny (Querencia Press). Diane, who lives in Covington, Louisiana, also publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world. Her author blog is Diane Elayne Dees: Poet and Writer-at-Large.