The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

What are Little Girls Made of?

Listen to Piu DasGupta reading her poem.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Swords and roars and dinosaurs
pirates, Death Stars, dragons’ claws
castles, pistols, ragged shirts
bows and arrows, finger-dirt
grubby knees and paint-stained faces
every lack of social graces.
That’s what little girls are made of.

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Ribbons, bows, curly locks
Lady Gaga, sparkly socks
fluffy diaries, friendship bracelets
secret notes in hidden places
cupcakes topped with chocolate sprinkles
fairy wands that wink and twinkle.
That’s what little boys are made of.

But, you say, hang on a mo –
I am a pirate with a bow.
Or actually, I’d rather be
making cupcakes up a tree.
No, I’m a princess with a patch -
Don’t stress, it’s fine to mix and match.
By far the best is to be true
to the bestest person: YOU.
Picture by Shiva Asemi
Picture by Shiva Asemi

About Shiva Asemi, the illustrator: Shiva Asemi is an Iranian Graphic Designer & Illustrator based in Munich, Germany. After years of working as a Graphic Designer, she has finally decided to follow her dream and pursue a career in illustration.

About the Writer

Piu DasGupta

Piu is a British/Indian/French writer living in Paris, France. She has written and published adult books and is currently working on a children's novel. She writes both adult and children's poetry and her children's poetry has been published in magazines such as The Caterpillar and Northern Gravy.