The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Web of Worries

I start to raise my hand.
A web of worries
wraps around my brain.
Thousands of tiny spiders
tug and tease –
What if I'm wrong?

What if they laugh at me
or think I'm dumb?
Will I sound foolish?
I'm not smart like them.
Maybe I don’t get it –
I don't know if I can.

Then, I remember
it's okay to be wrong!
We all are sometimes.
Mistakes can help others
who don't understand yet –
Mistakes help us learn.

So what if I'm wrong?
I'll show what I think.
Maybe I've got it right,
but I'll never know
Unless I am brave –
I can do this!

I imagine a broom
that sweeps out the web.
I shoo away spiders
and take a deep breath.
Throwing worries away –
I raise my hand high.

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.