The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

What to Be?

Listen to Linda read her poem
When I grow up…
I might be a marine biologist,
Diving the ocean depths with whales;
Or a spot on weather forecaster,
Warning of heatwaves and gales.
I might be the best Prime Minister,
My portrait hanging in Number 10;
Or perhaps a brave clock face cleaner,
Dangling high from our Big Ben.
I might be an archaeologist,
Finding a new species of dinosaur;
Or a busy tooth-loving dentist,
Peering inquisitively into endless jaws.
I might be a pioneering architect,
Designing the first city on Mars;
Or an enthusiastic connoisseur taster
Of all the new chocolate bars.
I might be a skilled pizza spinner,
And serve mouthwatering Margherita;
Or a world famous, ingenious inventor
And you’ll hear me shout loud, ‘Eureka!’
I might be a colourful actor -
‘Oh no, I won’t do pantomime!’
Or a clever first class detective,
Quickly cracking every crime.
I might be a prize-winning super scientist
And find a cure for a nasty disease;
Or a green hearted environmentalist,
Who’s passionate about hugging the trees.
I might be a muddy boot gardener,
With a flask and a robin for company;
Or a vibrant virtuoso violinist,
Solo in an orchestral symphony.
I might be an NHS angel,
Tirelessly flying that extra mile.
But, when I grow up… I’ll always be a kindness sharer
And light the world with my smile.

About the Writer


Linda Middleton

Linda is a lifelong lover of writing and began sharing her passion for rhythm and rhyme last year. Her work can be found online and in magazines, including The Caterpillar and Pure in Heart Stories. She enjoys supporting children with their learning and teaching RE in a primary school in a leafy corner of England. In her spare time when she is not writing, she can be found wood wandering, beach strolling and ice cream tasting.