The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Carmen ...

Ka-choo! Achoo! Hatschi!
Terrible noises coming from the sea,
And we all wonder what’s the reason.
Everyone sneezes like it’s pollen season,
Sailors and fishermen, fish and seabirds,
They all sneeze so hard, I’m at a loss for words.
Sharks, herring, mackerel and sardines,
Frigates, cruise ships and submarines
Octopi, octopuses, octopodes,
Down to the smallest marine nematode,
Go “Bless you”, “Gesundheit” and “Salud”,
All in one sneezy-breezy brotherhood.

But it’s no wonder and no mystery
What caused the whole hullabaloo:
Whoever put salt in the sea
Added some pepper, too.

About the Writer

Carmen Tiderle

Carmen is poet in chief at Funny Rhymes for Funky Times Inc., a copywriter and also Dora and Roman’s mother. She lives in Bucharest but she wrote her many poetry books for children (in Romanian) while travelling to the township of Joyville and the West Pole: Turvy-Topsy, funky rhymes for funny times (also in English), The Township of Joyville, West Pole Stories, The Great Outside, Who put pepper in the sea?, Selfie with the elves, The Glue Factory … poems translated by Victor Ghiga.