The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Dreaming of the Ocean

Listen to Becky's poem ...
Entranced, he listens to salty tales,
his little boy's dangling knees.
Tell me another one Grandpa,
of adventure on the high seas.

The one with the sharks a circling,
the sailboat slurping in water,
the tale of the cruel pirate,
and his young bravehearted daughter.

Tell me again of the kraken,
all the sailors swallowed up whole,
of being shipwrecked in a tempest,
Davey Jones searching out your soul.

Tell me of climbing the rigging,
with bright stars for miles and miles,
rocked sound asleep in a hammock,
with a sea salt kind of a smile.

Thanks to Roger McGough for the first line.

About the Writer

Becky May

Becky lives in Spain, where she teaches English, and is currently working on a middle grade novel about finding friendship in year six. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She likes blue skies, swimming in the sea, and writing poems with her favourite purple pen. @beckymaywriter.