The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Winter Wear

Undies, longjohns, sweatpants, socks
(my favourite pair with dancing crocs),
T-shirt, sweatshirt, sweater, vest,
so much work — I’m just half-dressed.
Poofy snowsuit, one red mitt,
then one more mitt that Grandma knit,
boots and scarf and woolly hat…
Wait — where’s my hat? Beneath the cat?
With all this gear, I’m twice my size;
the only bare bit is my eyes.
I really want to run outside,
but I can’t budge — I’m four feet wide.

About the Writer

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer is a Canadian writer and editor. She is the co-writer of the Invisible Things zine, a collection of poems about the invisible creatures (gnomes, imps, and so on) who inhabit the world of modern kids and get into no end of mischief. Jennifer comes up with her best ideas for poems while she’s walking her dog, and as a result her dog gets lots of walks. This makes her dog very happy.