The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Smilify your Face

Listen to JH read his poem ...
There are some things that you could do
whenever you’re fed-up;
those times you’re bored or feeling blue
and need a giddy-up.

Like when the rain pours down all day
and clouds are overhead,
if friends are not around to play,
here’s what to do instead …

Go gaze into a polished spoon
until you’re in a trance
or hum a daft annoying tune
and do a silly dance.

Imagine you’re a shooting star
that’s flying out in space
at speeds which truly are bizarre
so time slows up its pace.

Take coloured socks in matching pairs,
undo them on the bed
and throw the sockies everywhere;
mix up blue, green and red.

Next find your favourite t-shirt
and then wear it back to front.
Become a fashion expert;
hop around a bit and grunt.

Invent a brand new nonsense word
and in a speech employ
your word in sentences not heard
by any girl or boy.

Then count the birds and bats above
to blow away the blahs
and think about the books you love
and cheer with three hoorahs.

For when these things are done my friend,
you’ll find that furthermore
your misery comes to an end
and boredom’s shown the door.

So go and do some weird stuff
(now is the time and place)
and you will see it is enough
to smilify your face.

About the Writer

Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry, My Camel's Name Is Brian, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press, but is no longer available. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poem Masterclass was chosen as the Milk House Poem of the year at the end of 2022.