The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Corner of the Classroom

I’m hiding in the corner
in amongst the coats and bags.
I know my friends are laughing
and I’m feeling cross and sad.
The very special card I made
just seemed an awful mess
when Harry said, ‘That’s rubbish!”
and all my friends said, “Yes.”
So I’m hiding in the corner,
it’s a warm, safe place to be,
and I’m hoping, if I lie quite still,
that no one else will see.

Hi there, in the corner,
I’m sorry you’re so sad.
I’ve brought that thing you crumpled,
the card you made your dad.
I know your dad will LOVE it!
Who wouldn’t be impressed?
A cool design, great colour choice,
it’s really not a mess!
Together we could fix it,
make it good as new, you’ll see!
Why not crawl out from your corner
and come and sit with me?

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.