The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

If I were a Ball

If I were a ball,
I’d bounce out that window.
I’d land on the playground outside.
I’d roll round the blacktop
Get kicked (wouldn’t hurt!)
Then someone would grab me and hide.

If I were a ball,
I’d fly high in the sky -
Find a puddle and roll right through.
I’d bounce off someone’s face.
Sorry, nose! My mistake!
Then I’d spin on a finger or two.

If I were a ball,
I’d be covered with dirt.
I’d land with a thump in the grass.
Life would be full of play.
I’d have so much more fun,
And I wouldn’t be stuck in this class!

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.