Dad, Are We There Yet?

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by Paul Orshoski

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems“Dad, are we there yet?”
“What’s taking so long?”
“How come we’re not moving?”
“Has something gone wrong?”

“I’m carsick.” “I’m nauseous.”
“My underwear’s wet.”
“I’m dizzy.” “I’m fainting.”
“My tummy’s upset.”

“Hey, Mom, crack the window.”
“I’m sweating like mad.”
“I’m thirsty.” “I’m hungry.”
“My head’s hurting bad.”

“My seat belt’s too binding.”
“Watch out, there’s a cop!”
“I’m starting to vomit.”
“We might need a mop.”

“People are honking.”
“They’re starting to pass.”
“I guess you forgot, Dad,
to fill up with gas!”

Copyright © 2008 Paul Orshoski. From the book What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Poet Paul OrshoskiPaul Orshoski is a former educator from Sandusky, Ohio. He writes witty, rhyming children’s poems and books.

Several of Paul’s poems have appeared in poetry anthologies published by both Meadowbrook Press of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Scholastic, Inc. of New York, New York. These include: My Teacher’s in Detention, Dinner with Dracula, I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom, I Hope I Don’t Strike Out, and What I Did on my Summer Vacation. Paul’s poems have also appeared in the following magazines: Boys’ Quest, Fun For Kidz, Hopscotch For Girls, and Scholastic Action. Paul enjoys making kids giggle during school author visits by enthusiastically performing his poems and books in small or large group settings wherever he is asked to present.

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15 responses to “Dad, Are We There Yet?”

  1. […] Poetry Minute – “Are We There Yet?” This poem is very funny! […]

  2. Andrea Ramon Eller says:

    This poem is universal; any parent or child can relate to it, and notice I put “parent” first! Each line and word is true, or could be true. Great rhythm, never broken. It’s begging to be set to music–and it’s funny throughout! Question: How is it that EVERY kid says “Are we there yet?”

  3. Priya Kartik says:

    wow!i can relate this vwey much with my kids.

  4. Janice Sevin says:

    adorable poem

  5. kylie carter says:

    That’s how my 10 year old be like

  6. arianna says:

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this pome

  7. DAven says:

    love this poem

  8. Lily says:

    This is a funny Poem I love it!

  9. Made me laugh right out loud!
    So true, so funny.

  10. Hunter Szczesniak says:

    I love this

  11. Marikate Kingston. says:

    As a mother of three, I can totally relate.
    SO funny and so true. Just loved the picture it painted. I will read it again for another chuckle! I don’t feel so alone.

  12. Liam Tuerner says:

    that was funny and i love that he said i wet my panes and he vomit

  13. Sophia says:

    I kinda liked it. Really good and l liked were he vomited

  14. Jett says:

    this peom is slaying the day away

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