The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Things To Do If You Are A Humpback Whale

Twirl and whirl
through an indigo world.

Poke your barnacle-crusted head
above the ocean’s welling waves.

Exhale geysers of mist
from your blowhole.


Launch your massive
body into the air.

Spread your fins wide,
then spin,

Blow curtains of bubbles
to net schools of herring.

Strain tons of krill and fish
through your bristly baleen.

Swim from icy, polar waters
to warm, tropical seas.

Croon a mysterious melody
as you explore Earth’s murky deep.

Whirl and twirl
Through an indigo world.

About the Writer

Catherine Flynn

Catherine's poems have been included in Imperfect: Poems About Mistakes (volume 1 and 2), Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving, Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, (volume 1 and 2) and The Quickwrite Handbook.