The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Leaping Lemurs of Madagascar

Listen to Val ...
The Grand Tsigny
Is a protected park
Of limestone pinnacles
Razor sharp.

The leaping Lemurs
Of the Grand Tsingy
Are brave and strong
And very springy.

Their rubbery pads
Ensure a good grip
And protection from
A fatal slip.

Across these limestone
Peaks they race,
Bouncing off
The jagged face,

Seeking pockets
Of new vegetation,
The lemurs make
Their bold navigation.

A thousand feet
Above the floor
With daring giant leaps
They soar

From peak to peak
Across thin air
With springing moves,
They are almost there.

With one last leap
They reach the trees
To live and feast
On new green leaves.

About the Writer


Val Harris

Val has had several winning and commended poems for adults published in Writers Forum Magazine. She has self-published four novels. Recently she's been writing for children, beginning with rhyming picture books, soon realising her greatest enjoyment was writing poetry. Val is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).