The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Heart of Friendship

The heart of friendship is always warm,
Whatever town or country it’s born.

A smile is where it all began.
In Swedish I’m your newfound vän.
Together as friends we’ll surely grow.
In Italian I’m your amico.
Friendship is a happiness key.
In French I’m your trusty ami.
Stuck with sums again and again?
In Norwegian I’m your loyal venn.
I’ll guide you through without a fuss.
In Latin I’m your amicus.
I promise never to be mean.
In Afrikaans I’m your best vriend.
Give me a shout if feeling peaky.
In Swahili I’m your rafiki.
I’ll lift your spirits when they’re low.
In Spanish I’m your amigo.
We’ll hop, skip and run like the wind.
In Welsh I’m your fresh fun-filled ffrind.
Want some time alone? I won’t mind.
In German I’m your caring freund.
I’ll always be your most faithful fan.
In Indonesian I’m your teman.
With you I’ll always fondly like to be.
In Creole you’re my sparkly star zanmi!

My hand I’ll always willingly lend;
Whatever language, I’ll be your friend.

About the Writer


Linda Middleton

Linda is a lifelong lover of writing and began sharing her passion for rhythm and rhyme last year. Her work can be found online and in magazines, including The Caterpillar and Pure in Heart Stories. She enjoys supporting children with their learning and teaching RE in a primary school in a leafy corner of England. In her spare time when she is not writing, she can be found wood wandering, beach strolling and ice cream tasting.