The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Word Play

Listen to Val ...
A lazy cat
lay on a mat
and closed its lazy eyes.

A crazy bat
flew at the cat
and shouted out: ‘surprise!

Get off the mat
you lazy cat,

the crazy bat cried out.

The lazy cat
stared at the bat
and said: ‘no need to shout.

Cats like to nap,
bats like to flap,
but the two don’t go together,

come rain or shine,
come snow or fine,
not in any kind of weather.


The crazy bat
said: ‘fancy that,
and doubled up with laughter.

It said: ‘goodbye,’
then flew up high
and hung out on a rafter.

About the Writer


Val Harris

Val has had several winning and commended poems for adults published in Writers Forum Magazine. She has self-published four novels. Recently she's been writing for children, beginning with rhyming picture books, soon realising her greatest enjoyment was writing poetry. Val is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).