The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Tugs and Tales

Listen to Hazel reading her poem ...
The brush gets stuck in my hair.
Where did this knot come from? Dad asks.
Playing pirates at the beach, I tell him.
There were dragons too.
And this sticky bit?
Triple decker mint choc chip ice cream.
It was yummy
and windy.
Dad inspects a clump below my left ear.
What about this hard bit?
Might be glue. I made a pom pom animal when we got home.
A koala with tufty ears.
They fell off.
Dad carefully picks at the knotty mess.
Your hair’s had quite a day, he says.
The best, I tell him.

About the Writer

Hazel Knox

Hazel is a children’s poet, writer and occupational therapist based in Edinburgh. She was a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardee in 2021 and her poems have been published in The Toy, Little Thoughts Press and Paddler Press. Her chapter book ‘The Night Pixie’ is out in 2024 with HB Publishing House. You can find her on X @hazel_knox / Instagram @hazelknox_writer /