The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Take Flight

They don’t need barbed feathers
or aeroplane wings
They don’t need propellers
or kites on a string

They don’t need a spaceship
or hot air balloons
They don’t need coned rockets
on missions to moons

They do need devotion
and holding on tight
and regular dusting
for dreams to take flight

About the Writer

Mark Bird

Mark lives in London but is originally from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. He is a teacher and children's writer. He has been published in Brian Moses' recent anthology: The Best Ever Book of Funny Poems as well as by Gill Education and The Caterpillar Magazine. His poem, “Halloween Date from Hell” is due to be published by Ventorros Press in 2022 and will be illustrated by Chris White. Mark has his own blog and website: