The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Two Acrostic Christmas Poems


In the kitchen
Nutmeg swirled with
Ginger scents fill our noses
Every holiday
Recalling grandma’s shortbread
Eating treats
And laughing fill our hearts with


Romping, rambling caribou,
Eager to fly through
Icy air.
No weather, too fierce.
Earnest companions to
Elves, who pack a magical sleigh.
Ready, steady, soar!

About the Writer

Cynthia Mackey

Cynthia is a nature school teacher and children’s writer who writes poetry and picture books and volunteers as an editor with Story Studio. She's a member of SCBWI and lives on Vancouver Island. Her blog is called Kid Lit Village and features interviews with children’s authors and illustrators. Her poem, Why Teachers Need Tuna appeared in the Dirigible Balloon and A Recipe for Summer Adventures was published in Little Thoughts Press, Hit the Road Issue, Summer 2022. Cynthia’s debut picture book, IF A BUMBLEBEE LANDS ON YOUR TOE is forthcoming in 2024 with Yeehoo Press.