The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Smoky Mountain Magic

Blue-gray haze on mountaintops
Casts a spell upon our senses

Green valleys filled with wildflowers
Charm us with their beauty

Towering trees overlooking well-worn trails
Lure us deeper into the forest

Mushrooms growing among moss-covered logs
Awaken an enchanted fairy land

Wildlife chittering, skittering, hiding, and calling
Conjures dreams of fantastic beasts

A day spent walking through the Smokies
Summons the ghosts of ages long past

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.