The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Time Travel

Listen to Carole reading her poem ...
I’ve seen it done on Dr Who.
Easy peasy. All you do
is step inside the Tardis door,
find out what the knobs are for,
set controls to forward, back
put your feet up, have a snack,
thousands of years will simply fly,
landing you in a time gone by
or in a future you won’t know,
step outside, give it a go!

Plastic daleks are not for me
existing only on TV;
my brother watches it for hours,
the doctor with his magic powers
has him transfixed, scares him stiff
but sometimes I do wonder if
science fiction could come true
one of these days for me and you.
And look! I travelled back in time
just by stepping inside this rhyme.

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