The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

What is Flight?

Is it a bumble bee?
A formation of geese?
Seeds released
On a passing breeze?

Clouds floating by?
A plane up high?
The glide of a kite
In a flawless sky?

The path of an arrow?
A flock of sparrows?
Seagulls following
New turned furrows?

A run of stairs?
Escaping from bears!
A head full of dreams
And fanciful cares?

A rocket to the moon?
A poetry Balloon?
Fleeing from your home
One ordinary afternoon?

About the Writer

Val Harris

Val lives near Farnham with a horse and husband and several grandchildren living nearby, who like to mark her poems out of ten. She used to write for adults, but decided she much preferred writing poetry for children, after her debut poem was published online with The Dirigible Balloon in 2021. Since then, several others have appeared on various balloon flights, and she has had poems published in The Caterpillar Magazine, Paperbound Magazine, The Toy Press and Little Thoughts Press. You can find her as Val Poet on Instagram and @dragontripper Val Poet on Twitter.