The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


If I lived in Australia,
would my world be upside-down?
If I had a great big smile,
would it look like a frown?
Would the drops fall up
in a rainy downpour?
Would we walk on the ceiling
rather than the floor?
Riding on my bike
might be hard to do.
And how I’d fill the bathtub
I just don’t have a clue!
Living in Australia,
might put my life asunder
in that topsy-turvy place --
The Land Down Under.

About the Writer

Deb Reidy

Deb is a former elementary teacher. When in the classroom, she enjoyed sharing the wonders of poetry with her students. Her work has been published in Cricket and Highlights magazines and the poetry anthology Hop to It. Deb is also the author of two education resource books. Her many years of teaching, as well as her interactions with young family members and neighborhood children, are often inspiration for her poems.