The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


There you are jumping, playing.
Here I am—I’m just saying:

by this tree, kick a stone
only me, too alone.

Maybe if I say Hi
maybe if I could try …

Would you listen, would you see?
Oh! your ball rolls close to me.

I run to catch it, you do too
we grab hands—me and you!

Now we’re friends jumping, playing—
So much fun! I’m just saying—

I did something on my own
to stop from being all alone!

About the Writer

Carol Coven Grannick

Carol Coven Grannick's short fiction and poetry for children has appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, Babybug, Highlights, and Hello. Her middle grade novel in verse, Reeni's Turn, debuted in September of 2020 from Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing. Her poetry for adults appears/is forthcoming in multiple print and online venues, most recently including Capsule Stories, The Birmingham Arts Journal, West Texas Review, and The Write City Review (Chicago Writers Association).