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 poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet, and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, Northern Gravy, The Toy, and Little Thoughts Press.