The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Waiting by Fi Calvert

What if I can’t get to sleep?
What would Santa do?
Would he hang around and have a cuppa?
Use the loo?

What if I’m awake all night?
What if he just leaves?
Why can’t I just get to sleep on (every)
Christmas Eve?

All these questions buzz around my
head the night before
while I lie there listening to my little brother snore.

I must drift off at some point though -
I wake at 4.15!
And shout to wake up Mum and Dad,
“It’s Christmas! Santa’s been!”

About the Writer

Fi Calvert

Fi is a primary school teacher by day and a poet by night. She had two poems commended in the YorkMix Poems for Children Competition 2021 and has had a poem about a tardigrade published in The Caterpillar. She loves to write poetry for children in the hope they might relate, laugh or both. Her favourite poems to write are inspired by funny or grumpy things her children say.