The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Ted Feeds the Birds

When temperatures freeze
and frost grips the trees,
Ted fears for his feathery friends;
for though they have coats,
they sound mournful notes,
and so to their upkeep he tends, he tends;
and so to their upkeep he tends.

On rising each day,
he makes up a tray
of breakfast-time goodies to eat –
some nuts and some seeds,
to meet the birds’ needs –
then fruitcake as special tea treat, tea treat;
then fruitcake as special tea treat.

The bird table’s laid,
the goodies displayed,
and all of Ted’s friends soon arrive;
they peck up their meal
with zest and with zeal,
and shortly begin to revive, revive,
and shortly begin to revive.

Once puffed up and warm,
they start to perform
a beautiful thanksgiving song:
“Praise be to the bear
who shows us such care!
May his life be lively and long!, and long!
May his life be lively and long!”

About the Writer

Felicity Teague

Felicity Teague (Fliss for short) has a very serious job in publishing and enjoys writing poems during her playtime. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including The HyperTexts, Snakeskin and The Ekphrastic Review. From 2014 to 2016, she was Poet-in-Residence of Happenstance Border Morris, a Morris dancing group in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. She also enjoys art, birdwatching, films, music and photography, and she loves guinea pigs!