The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Flight of Fancy

Last evening, after dinner
I looked up at the sky
And immediately decided
It was time for me to fly

So I stood out in my backyard
And promptly closed my eyes
And slowly, oh so slowly
I just began to rise

I flapped my arms
Like eagle’s wings
Up and down
In gentle swings

I rose above
The houses tall
The local park
The shopping mall

I then glided down the valley
Rose over hilltops tall
I skimmed across the lowlands
And heard the river’s call

I floated over my own house
Before descending on the lawn
A rather gentle landing
In the misty air of dawn.

No one saw me lift off
There was no witness to my flight
I wish that I could prove
I’m not just a fly by night.

About the Writer

Alan J Wright

Alan is an educational consultant, author and poet with extensive experience having worked to improve the teaching of literacy throughout Australia and in the United States. His book–Igniting Writing- When a Teachers Writes (Hawker Brownlow) has been well received. In 2022, Alan delivered The Annual Donald Graves Address at the ALEA National Conference. He's published three poetry anthologies for young readers since 2014 and recently contributed to two international poetry anthologies. ‘Imperfect II –Poems For Middle Schoolers’ and ‘Ten: Ten –A Poetry Anthology.’