The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Who Likes Art?

Listen to Val ...
Why did Dali paint a lady
with a bat upon her head?
And on the face of Mona Lisa,
he drew himself instead.

A lobster on a telephone,
a bunch of melting clocks?
And, what made Picasso
paint a face in cubelike blocks?

Van Gogh painted landscapes
of the swirly whirly kind.
And Monet liked his lilies
Under bridges, you will find.

Edvard Munch, he had a fright,
we see that in: ‘The Scream!’
Magritte liked to paint as though
he lived inside a dream.

Lowry captured people
In a very simple way.
Turner liked a fancy cloud
And shipwrecks, by the way.

Each painter is quite different
and we can pick and choose,
but each painting tells a story
of the painter and his muse.

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.