The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Backpack Blues

Wrinkled papers, wads of gum,
chewed up pencils, cookie crumb—
smelly sweatshirt, rubber band,
dirty gym shoes full of sand,
erasers, markers, paper clip—
will my backpack ever zip?

About the Writer

Juli Mayer

Juli is a children's poet who lives in the U.S. She's been published in Highlights, Highlights High Five, The School Magazine (Australia) and Boys Quest Magazine. She has poems in "Things We Feel" and "Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving" anthologies edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. She loves writing poetry for her granddaughter. You can follow her @JuliMayer2644.