The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Magical Portal

The mysteries of the universe are in your hands,
loves, hopes and aspirations of thousands of years,
all the expectations and anticipations and imaginations
in fevered words and lines and phrases,
a portal to another person’s eyes
to see the world as others see it
to have a roadmap to your goals.

The mistakes, joys and depressions,
all of human life through all the generations
unveiled as a red carpet beneath your feet,
tread softly
for you tiptoe on history,
the happiness and misery
at the outreaches of our imagination.

Dream impossible dreams,
see the present in the past
and make the future better for it.
Heed the warnings and celebrate the successes,
your world will blossom with the verve and power
of millions that have gone before,
celebrate them and you --- live life to its fullest.

Poem performed in a recital at Southwark Festival Of Words during their Poetic Map Of Reading.

About the Writer

Peter Devonald

Peter lives in Manchester UK where he contributes to Stockport/ Manchester Post, Culture Supplement and poet in residence Haus-a-rest. Winner Waltham Forest Poetry 2022, Heart Of Heatons Poetry 2023 & 2021, joint winner FofHCS Poetry Award 2023, Forward Prize nomination 2023 and two Best Of The Net nominations 2024. Widely published and anthologised. Won 50+ film awards, former senior judge/ mentor Peter Ustinov Awards (iemmys) and Children’s Bafta nominated.