The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Utah Surprise

I didn’t want to leave home
I really didn’t care
about vacation elsewhere
with dusty paths and air.

But Utah you surprised me
with colors never seen
unfolding and unrolling
in places never been

with giant rocks and spires
with petrified sand dunes
with arches and with deserts
with ancient native ruins

with everything you’ve shown me
I never even knew
I’m happy that my shoes are red
with dusty, sandy you.

About the Writer

Carol Coven Grannick

Carol Coven Grannick's short fiction and poetry for children has appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, Babybug, Highlights, and Hello. Her middle grade novel in verse, Reeni's Turn, debuted in September of 2020 from Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing. Her poetry for adults appears/is forthcoming in multiple print and online venues, most recently including Capsule Stories, The Birmingham Arts Journal, West Texas Review, and The Write City Review (Chicago Writers Association).