The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Don't Come In!

Listen to Rob's poem ...
My daughter keeps me out of her room
when she’s got the glue gun in her hand.

She always says No thanks, Dad
when she’s in construction land.

I wonder what she’s making
and whether it should be banned.

When I hear the sound of drilling
I think about making a stand.

When I bought her a toy hammer
this wasn’t what I had planned.

My worries are set in concrete
when they deliver gravel, cement and sand.

It comes in through her window
and I hear each pallet land.

Then I hear the floor creak
and the ceiling crack
and the window break
and the door splinter

Dad? Would you like to come in?

About the Writer

Rob Walton

Rob Walton is a writer, performer and teacher from Scunthorpe who lives in Whitley Bay, where he writes poetry and fiction for children and adults. His poetry for children has been published by The Toy Press, Tyger Tyger, Parakeet and The Dirigible Balloon, and features in anthologies from Macmillan, Bloomsbury, The Emma Press and others.