Upside Down World

My brother’s feet are like balloons

always rising to the sky,

light and airy they must be

never sticking to the ground.

Walks on his hands you see

one palm and then the other,

slow and steady, or round in circles,

palm patting all the way.

Bend down if you need to talk

bend down if you’d like a smile,

you’re free to join him if you can −

pat, pat, pat, pat, pat, pat, POP!!


Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens writes poems for both adults and children. They sometimes reflect the impact MS has on her life. Her children’s poems have been published on Tyger Tyger Magazine, The Dirigible Balloon, Better Than Starbucks, Brian Moses’ blog, The Poetry Realm and The Reading Realm and in anthologies. She has two published adult pamphlets: Quicksand (Dreich, 2020) and Balancing Act (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2021).