The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

What if?

What if lampposts are tall grey flowers?
What if trees are squirrel office towers?

What if cars are elephants with wheels?
What if blackbirds wear suits for business deals?

What if shops are a giant’s food cupboard?
What if twigs are dinosaur bones yet discovered?

What if a door is the mouth of a house?
What if a leaf is the surfboard of a mouse?

What if questions are the reason we exit?
What if? What if? What if?

About the Writer

Carl Burkitt

Carl likes telling tales. He tells long tales, short tales, silly tales, sad tales. He tells them online, behind a mic, in books, in schools, and on the sofa with his young family. His debut kids’ collection, Elephants Sleep in Bunk Beds, was published by Beir Bua in 2021.