The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Winter Symphony

I went for a walk on a winter’s day
And this is the music I heard it play:

The wind was the rhythm of violin strings.
The sky a forte of crows.
A rhapsody fell on the woodland leaves,
The soft cadenza of snow.

Then the wind rose to a crescendo,
A drumroll as loud as thunder.
I ran back home through a symphony
Of winter’s orchestral wonder.

And there a staccato of crackling logs
Drew me to sit by the fire,
And my ears sang with the song outside
Of that musical winter choir.

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.