The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Still Listening

There is a place I like to sit
at the bottom of the garden.
I don’t go there to find fairies
though I’m sure they must be hiding.
I don’t go to watch butterflies
or listen to soothing birdsong.
I go there to sit with Grandma
when I miss her hugs and kisses.
When I miss her words of wisdom,
I close my eyes and I see her.
She’s sitting knitting in the shade
carefully counting her stitches.
I still read to her like I did;
Alice, Heidi and Peter Pan
and I know she’s still listening.

About the Writer

Julie Anna Douglas

Julie has been writing poems for as long as she can remember and many of them have found homes is beautiful magazines like The Caterpillar, Ladybug and Spider and in poetry collections by The Emma Press and MacMillan Publishing. She particularly enjoys combining poetry and art in workshops for children and her first poetry collection 'Painting Poems' illustrated by Jools Wilson is full of colourful poetry and creative ideas. Her next book is full of poetry maps and will be out soon!