The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Upside Down People

The Upside Down people
Live upside down lives,
Though just a small group
Of their species survives.
They walk on their hands
With their shoes in the air;
They get some strange looks
But they don’t really care.
Though they can’t see the sky
Upside-Downers have found
That they notice the little things
Down on the ground.
They say there is beauty there
Right at our feet
Which we miss as we hurriedly
Walk down the street.
They think we should share
What we know of the sky
In exchange for their knowledge
Of things small and nearby.
Yet people complain
That it’s hard to converse
With people not upright
But quite the reverse.
They say that it’s pointless
And stupid to try
To talk when you simply
Can’t see eye-to-eye.
So the Upside Down People
Give each other low fives
While the rest of us hurry through
Upside down lives.

About the Writer

Vicki Spreadbury

Vicki is a secondary school English teacher from South Cambridgeshire. She has been writing poetry on and off for almost as long as she can remember, and likes poems where the words pop out and surprise you. She lives with four rats, three children, two cats, one dog and a husband.