The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Turtle Paradise ... a poem by Jacob

The COP 26 meetings in Glasgow (United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021) are coming to an end with people rightly worried about environmental issues. These last few years have seen an impressive increase in the awareness and effort of younger people with respect to our impact on this planet. Here at the Dirigible Balloon we have been sent a wonderful acrostic poem by a young poet who dreams of swimming in a coral rich ocean with lovely sea turtles.

We hope Jacob achieves his dream someday …

Turtle Paradise

Swimming with turtles is my dream.
Exciting and scary
Adventures under the sea.
Turquoise ocean shimmering in the sun.
Under the surface I will dive
Right down to the orange and purple coral.
Turtles are gliding and swaying gently
Looking pretty with their tie-dyed shells.
Every day I worry about sea turtles in danger.
Save them so my dreams can come true!

By Jacob Gjerde, aged 7

Turtle Paradise Poem copyright (©) Jacob Gjerde 2021
Article written and organised by JH : )

About the Writer

Jonathan Humble

Jonathan lives in Cumbria. His work has been published online and in print in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first collection of poetry, My Camel's Name Is Brian, was published by TMB Books in 2015. His second poetry book, Fledge came out in 2020 through Maytree Press. His poems for children have been shortlisted and highly commended in the Caterpillar and Yorkmix poetry competitions and he is the editor of The Dirigible Balloon. His poems Masterclass and This Work is Done were chosen as the Milk House Poem of the Year at the end of 2022 and 2023.