The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


My tummy is a bucket ready for the rain
Mittens without chilly hands
An empty, silent train

My tummy is a suitcase that hasn’t yet been packed
Mum’s cup without it’s coffee
Shelves waiting to be stacked

My tummy is a lock that has lost it’s only key
A book without a single page
I think it’s time for tea!

About the Writer

Rhiannon Oliver

Rhiannon is an actress, poet, workshop facilitator and playgroup leader based in Cardiff. She started writing for children in 2021 and has been published in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, The Toy, The Dirigible Balloon, Northern Gravy, Paperbound, Little Thoughts Press, Parakeet, Buzgaga, and Launchpad (Australia). She has publications forthcoming in multiple anthologies. She has also written and created performance videos for The Big Welsh Rhyme Time (Book Trust Cymru) and her poetry has appeared on TV (Only Boys Aloud Christmas Concert, S4C). She is part of Literature Wales' Representing Wales 2023 scheme and is currently developing her first collection for children which explores Mental Health and Well-being.