The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Swimming Lessons

Listen to Jacqueline's poem ...
I’m swimming! I’m swimming!
I’m doing so well!
I swallow some water.
“Help! I’m drowning!” I yell.
Splashing and spluttering
I frantically kick.
“I can’t feel the bottom!
Please rescue me! Quick!”

Here comes the lifeguard
With emergency dive.
Thank goodness, she’s saved me,
I’m still alive!
She helps me to stand up,
To walk to the side,
But everyone’s laughing,
And now I see why.

The depth of the water
Just reaches my chest.
I cannot believe it,
So I laugh with the rest!

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. She is passionate about instilling a love of poetry and reading in the children she teaches and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea, and when she's not teaching or writing she enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time!