The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Wombat's Bottom

Listen to Carole Bromley read her poem
Bird-eating spiders and venomous snakes
are ripper but one thing forgotten
when talking of creatures that give you the shakes
is the wombat’s incredible bottom.

You’d better believe me that wombats can kill
with their backsides a fox or a dingo -
one whack from that bum and you certainly will.
No worries, fair dinkum, by jingo!

Although they look cuddly and harmless and cute
their bums are so hard you can bite ‘em
And end up being chased by a hairy-nosed brute?
Good onya mate, I wouldn’t fight ‘em!

So I’d give these creatures a very wide berth
and run away fast if you spot ‘em
they’re not the most beaut of the creatures on Earth
but they do have the boniest bottom!

About the Writer

Carole Bromley

Carole was born in Middlesbrough in the UK and lives in York. She writes for both adults and children and her poems have been widely published in many different magazines. She has had pamphlets and collections published and has also won a number of competitions, including the Bridport, the Yorkshire Open, Torbay, Poetry Space and the Bronte Society Literary Prize. Her poems for children have been published in The Caterpillar, in her collection, Blast Off! and in anthologies from MacMillan and Emma Press. She was the winner of the 2022 Caterpillar Prize.