The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Thank You, Dear Rubber

Listen to Jacqueline Shirtliff reading her poem
Dear Rubber, my friend, I am writing to you
To thank you so much for all that you do.
I’m grateful for how you erase my mistakes -
I’m often surprised at how many I make!
The back-to-front numbers I’m not sure of yet,
The full stops and capitals I sometimes forget.
When I’ve missed out whole words or mixed up my letters
You’re always there to make everything better.

Dearest Rubber, I am also writing to you
To ask if there’s anything more you can do.
When I’ve hurt someone badly, I’m lazy or rude,
I’ve fought with my mum or been in a cross mood.
Those days I’ve been grumpy and mean or uncaring,
Used nasty words or not felt like sharing.
There are plenty more things I feel awful about.
Please, could you rub all these mistakes out?

With best wishes,
Your hopeful friend.

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!