The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Night Sky

Super moon and supernovas,
Shooting stars with flaming tails.
Satellites and glowing planets;
Where asteroids and comets sail.

Ursa Major, Ursa Minor -
Constellations fill the sky -
Cassiopeia, Pleiades,
Orion’s Belt and Gemini.

High across the night-time sky
A billion stars we cannot see.
Our solar system lies inside
The Milky Way, a galaxy,

In the north sky high above,
A very faint and constant star.
For the traveller, Polaris is
A most important star, by far.

When I look up to these heavens
Full of bright and twinkling light.
A universe so vast, it makes me
Feel quite small tonight.

About the Writer

Val Harris

Val lives near Farnham with a horse and husband and several grandchildren living nearby, who like to mark her poems out of ten. She used to write for adults, but decided she much preferred writing poetry for children, after her debut poem was published online with The Dirigible Balloon in 2021. Since then, several others have appeared on various balloon flights, and she has had poems published in The Caterpillar Magazine, Paperbound Magazine, The Toy Press and Little Thoughts Press. You can find her as Val Poet on Instagram and @dragontripper Val Poet on Twitter.