The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

World Muck Day

Listen to Rob's poem ...
Today is a very special day.
Muck and muckiness will be celebrated
in schools and homes and libraries
in countries across the world.

Muck will be delivered to classrooms
along with special muck vouchers
that children can exchange
for dirt, mud and filth.

Teachers will bring muck into school
and all will dress up as mucky characters
like The Paper Bag Princess,
Stig of the Dump or Harry the Dirty Dog.

Parents will be in a last-minute rush
to find enough muck in the mucky supermarkets
to smear all over their mucky children
before combing their mucky hair and taking them to mucky school.

Muckshelves and muckcases will groan
under the weight of new muck
and all will be excited to find out about
the Muck of the Week.

It’s not just a day for muckworms.
All children will design muck covers and write muck reviews.
At the end of the day we will all go home
and cuddle up with our favourite muck.

Happy World Muck Day!

About the Writer


Rob Walton

Rob is a writer, performer and teacher from Scunthorpe, who now lives with his daughters in Whitley Bay, from where he travels to perform in schools and libraries. He writes poetry and short fiction for children and adults. His poetry for children has featured in various anthologies published by, among others, The Emma Press, Bloomsbury, Frances Lincoln and Macmillan. He breeds pencil sharpeners and spends most Sunday afternoons working as a chiropodist in Ohio.