The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Without Music

Listen to Helen ...
In a world that had no music,
I couldn't hum a tune,
tip-tap my toes to hip hop,
compose a song to croon.

I couldn’t play piano,
belt soulful, doleful blues,
or rockabilly boogie
in snazzy dancing shoes.

And right beyond my window,
no birds would ever sing.
No crickets chirp in moonlight.
No raindrops plip-plop-ping.

In a world that had no music,
this poem would sound all wrong.
So, I’m glad the world has music
to fill my days with song.

About the Writer


Helen Kemp Zax

Helen Kemp Zax loves to write poetry, especially poems that rhyme. Her debut picture book Little Witch’s To-Do List will be published by Abrams Appleseed in 2025. She is co-winner of the 2021 YorkMix International Children’s Poetry Prize, the 2018 MG Katherine Paterson Prize winner, and a 2019 Finalist. Helen's poetry appears in anthologies like The Sea’s Song and Chasing Clouds and in magazines like The Caterpillar. She lives in Washington, D. C. with her husband and their crazy Aussie-doodle Huckleberry Finn.