The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Come on! It’s time to go!

“Come on! It’s time to go!”
I heard my father say.
So, I grabbed my suitcase
And started packing right away!
I threw in T-shirts, shorts, and socks
My underwear and stuff.
I got my toys and then I thought,
Do I have enough?

“Come on! It’s time to go!”
I heard my mother shout.
I’d better get the stuffy
I couldn’t sleep without.
Oh, wait! I’ll need a game!
The car ride will be boring!
I should find my headphones too
To block my sister’s snoring.

“Come on! It’s time to go!”
I heard my brother yell.
Everything’s in the suitcase
I’m proud I packed so well.
I cannot leave without my shoes
I’d better get them on.
I found the right one easily, but
The left is simply gone

“Come on! It’s time to go!”
I heard my sister cry.
I guess I’ll grab my toothbrush,
And call my friend to say goodbye.
I think that I am ready.
I load my suitcase in the back.
I go back to grab my pillow.
I hope we stop for snacks.

“Come on! It’s time to go!
My family yells once more.
So, I hurry back outside.
I open the car door.
I climb into the middle seat.
I got ready very quickly.
I just don’t understand why
Everyone’s angry with me!

About the Writer

Theresa Gaughan

Theresa is a third-grade teacher living in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is an avid reader and has a very extensive collection of children's books. The first poem she ever shared with others was written in fourth-grade. It was titled, I Have to Pay Attention. Her teacher asked her to make it into a poster that she later displayed in the hallway. Ms. Gaughan has no memory of the lesson that she missed while writing the poem.