The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Recess Rules

Listen to Helen's poem ... read by JH
Rip the skin off both knees when you slide into first.
Exercise in the sun till you’re dying of thirst.
Clown around till your teacher warns, “Stop now. Too much.”
Earn a bruise on your butt when you jump Double Dutch.
Spin wild circles so crazy your stomach goes woozy.
Shout, “You gotta pick me!” when team captains get choosy.

Rescue your friend from The Bully. Then hide.
Upset the whole team when your goal shot goes wide.
Lose the match when your Four-Square ball bounces away.
End up out of the game when you’re aching to play.
Still—100 %—recess rules every day!

About the Writer


Helen Kemp Zax

Helen loves to write poetry, especially poems that rhyme. She is co-winner of the 2021 YorkMix International Children’s Poetry Prize, the 2018 MG Katherine Paterson Prize winner, and a Finalist in the 2019 contest. Her poetry appears in Cricket, Hunger Mountain, Hop To It, The School Magazine, High Five, The Caterpillar, Better Than Starbucks, and Dear Tomato. Helen lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their crazy Aussiedoodle, Huckleberry Finn.