The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

There is no Frigate like a Book

after Emily Dickinson

Today I travelled across the globe,
I journeyed to the moon,
I rowed across the ocean
and came home all too soon.

I went to live in Neverland,
was a Viking with a sword,
I made friends with a caveman
through the magic of the word.

I walked in this enchanted world
I’d built inside my head
till mum said Put those books away.
Lights off now. Time for bed.

About the Writer

Carole Bromley

Carole was born in Middlesbrough in the UK and lives in York. 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. Carole will be tutoring a course on writing poems for children at the Garsdale Retreat in October 2024