The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Dragon Who Came to Dinner

Who is that, stomping outside the front door?
Just ring the bell, dragon, there’s no need to roar!
Fold your wings dragon, squeeze in, bring your tail
Parents, I’ve got this, no need to turn pale

For starters I serve him a platter of ham
With crackers and cheese and some sweet figgy jam
But dragon’s not happy – the ham isn’t smoky
DRAGON! NO FIRE! This kitchen’s too pokey!

It’s time for the main, I serve chicken, pot-roasted
Our guest is distressed that it’s not fully toasted
A sniff and a snort and he’s shooting out flames
DRAGON! NO FIRE! We don’t like these games!

For pudding I serve up some custard with pears
(Mum and Dad hiding now, under the chairs)
The dragon starts making his own crème brûlée*
DRAGON! NO FIRE! Or we can’t let you stay!

Now the dragon is full but our kitchen is burned
Mum is quite cross but a lesson is learned
If ever a dragon is visiting you
Don’t eat inside – have a barbeque!

*Crème brûlée (pronounced ‘crem broo-lay') is a delicious French dessert made of custard topped with crunchy caramelized sugar. The sugar should be caramelized using a small blow torch, NOT a live dragon.

About the Writer

Rebecca Loveday

Rebecca is an emerging children’s poet from Portsmouth, England. She loves writing in rhyme and storytelling through poetry. Rebecca also works in a nursery where she supports children with additional needs. She lives by the sea in a house filled with interestingly-shaped pebbles and too many notebooks.