The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Through the Snow

Listen to Helen ...
Hey, ho, here we go!
Marching, marching through the snow.
All around the muffled streets,
Lie swathes of white like crisp, new sheets.

Hey, ho, here we go!
Ploughing onwards through the snow.
We’re snow-enchanted pioneers,
With stinging cheeks and frosted ears.

Hey, ho, here we go!
Jumping, bounding through the snow.
Catching snowflakes on our tongues,
While piercing air wakes up our lungs.

Hey, ho, here we go!
Trekking, stepping through the snow.
Tiny footprints mystify …
Hush … a robin … watch her fly!

Hey, ho, here we go!
Slipping, sliding through the snow.
Sculpting snowmen in the park,
While daylight fades to star-lit dark.

Hey, ho, back we go!
Stumbling, tumbling through the snow.
Worn-out travellers troop inside,
As scarves and coats are cast aside.

Hey … ho … time to slow …
A crackling fire, a cosy throw.
Warming drinks and treats for all,
As snowflakes fall …
and fall …
and fall …

About the Writer

Helen Dineen

Helen is an educational writer, originally from Edinburgh and now based in Southampton. Her first short poetry book 'The Incredible Whale and other poems' was published by Collins Big Cat in 2021. She has also had poems published by The Caterpillar and Bloomsbury. Helen previously worked in a primary school, and some of her best memories are of practising poems with the children, for them to perform in assembly.