The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

When the World Went to Sleep

Listen to Julie read her poem ...
Trees bowed down
mountains held stars,
oceans slumped wide.

Roads parked memories
engines purred low,
lights turned cold.

I sat and watched
the grass lay down,
leaves hovered still.

Walls held night
my window misted,
the moon and me.

About the Writer

Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens writes poems for both adults and children. She covers many themes, but often engages with the problems of disability. Her children’s poems have been published in many places including Paper Lanterns, Balloons Lit Journal, Parakeet Magazine, The Toy, Tyger Tyger, The Dirigible Balloon, Brian Moses’ blog and in anthologies. She has three published adult pamphlets: Step into the Dark (2023) and Balancing Act (2021) both with The Hedgehog Poetry Press and Quicksand (Dreich, 2020).