The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Here is a Door

Listen to Kathryn read her poem ...
Here is a door
What is it for?
This curious mysterious
not-here-before door?

It’s the colour of twilight,
As smooth as the sea,
As old as the stars,
And the same height as me.

It has a large doorknob
with a keyhole beneath
and tied on with silk
is a slim twisted key.

What is behind it?
Will it open for me?
Who will I visit?
What will I see?

Key in the keyhole,
Turn the knob round.
The door opens slowly
With a long sighing sound.

Pause for a moment,
Count up to three.
Be brave! Be courageous!
Step out into dreams.

About the Writer

Kathryn Dove

Kathryn writes fiction and poetry for children. She enjoys the alchemy of poetry and seeing how a dash of imagination can transform ordinary life into something surprising and wonderful. She has lived in London and spent a summer working in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. Kathryn now lives with her family in Auckland, New Zealand.