The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Pet Negotiations

Antlered moose
Honking goose
I could fit them in our shed

Silky mink
Scaly skink
I could tuck them in my bed

Slimy snail
Bowhead whale
I could keep them both well fed

Sharp baboon
Shrewd raccoon
Would they eat a slice of bread?

Grizzly bear
Prancing mare
Dad, your face is turning red.

Don’t despair
Let’s prepare:
We can get a pup instead!

About the Writer

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer is a Canadian writer and editor. She is the co-writer of the Invisible Things zine, a collection of poems about the invisible creatures (gnomes, imps, and so on) who inhabit the world of modern kids and get into no end of mischief. Jennifer comes up with her best ideas for poems while she’s walking her dog, and as a result her dog gets lots of walks. This makes her dog very happy.