The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Fear of Flying

Under the window sill
Chris the chrysalis waits,
And every day Eric
the earwig visits him,
As they’ re the best of mates.

From inside his cocoon
‘Is it safe to come out yet?’
Whispers Chris,
Eric replies ‘Well I
Wouldn’t as it’s rather wet.’

They met at nursery
School for bugs
Among ants and beetles
And bumble bees
Who gave great hugs !

‘Is it safe to come out
Yet?’ Chris implores.
‘I wouldn’t,’ said Eric.
‘As The rain it still pours.’

Now Chris the Chrysalis
and Eric the Earwig
Are not at all alike,
Eric if anything takes after
His father Mike

Chris however is
like his mother Mary
He finds the outside world.
And in particular, flying,
Really very scary

So again he inquires
‘Is it safe out there now?’
As I think I might
Eric does not answer
But just says Wow !

As bravely Chris floats
up from below the
Window ledge
A kaleidoscope of colour,
Flying high above the hedge.

About the Writer

Bernard Pearson

Bernard's work appears in many publications, including; Aesthetica Magazine, The Edinburgh Review, Crossways, The Gentian, Nymphs The Poetry Village, Beneath The Fever, The Beach Hut Little Stone, The Caterpillar Magazine. In 2017 a selection of his poetry ‘In Free Fall’ was published by Leaf by Leaf Press. In 2019 he won second prize in The Aurora Prize for Writing.