The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children


Listen to Jessica ...
“Come over,” you said through the phone by my ear.
“I’m sorry, I can’t cause it’s Dadurday here.”
We get up at 9 and have jam with our scones
And laugh at the jokes that he reads from his phone.

At quarter-past Dad it’s time to roll.
We visit the library, grab what’s on hold.
Come back to our house with books in our arms
And read about spaceships, forests and farms.

Then off to the park where we “Draw What We See.”
A pinecone for him and a leaf for me.
Spread out a blanket and lay on the ground
to sketch the beauty we see all around.

Our Dadurday ends with the tastiest thrill:
Ooiest, gooiest s’mores on the grill.
“But let’s play next week! When you come, bring your bike.
I can’t wait to show you what Friendsday is like!”

About the Writer

Jessica Whipple

Jessica Whipple is a writer for adults and children. Her poetry has been published by One Art, Nurture, Ekstasis, Rathalla Review, Stanchion, and Green Ink Poetry, with some forthcoming in Door Is a Jar. Her debut picture book titled ENOUGH IS... will be published spring 2023 by Tilbury House, and another titled I THINK I THINK A LOT by Free Spirit Publishing is forthcoming that same fall. To see more of her work, visit or follow her on Twitter @JessicaWhippl17