The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

What am I?

No doors or locks, but many keys,
three pedals, but no wheels,
and safe within my wooden chest
soft hammers are concealed.

Take care, for I can be quite sharp,
though I won’t cause you harm.
At times I’m flat, yet fill a room.
I soothe, excite and charm.

My slippery scales are hard to grasp,
my four legs cannot run.
I’ll sleep unless you play with me,
but together we’ll have fun.

(Answer: Piano)

About the Writer

Jacqueline Shirtliff

Jacqueline is a poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet, and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar, Tyger Tyger, Northern Gravy, The Toy, and Little Thoughts Press.