This is my playground for poetry written for children with ideas and inspiration for writing your own poems. Come on in. Sit for a spell, have a cup of words to swirl around and make your own cup of poetry. I'm so glad you are here. I hope you'll find the Kingdom of Poetry a fun place to be.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Today I'm leaving home.
I may travel to Botany Bay
Africa or old Cathay.
I might go to Rome.
I can venture far
while in my favorite nook,
as I read the pages
of this story book.

   Setting is the location a story takes place in. You can travel any where in a book.  The place where you read is also a setting.  Where do you like to read?  At the beach? At your desk?  On your bed?  Under your covers?  Do you have a favorite tree you like to lean against, or a favorite rock you like to sit on while you read?  I have always wanted my very own window seat to sit in while I read (and write.) Your poetry challenge for today is to write a poem about the place you'd like to be in to read your books.  Use your imagination to describe your special place.  Have fun writing.

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity.  Marie von Ebner-Eschenback, 1905

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


All I know
is love is hidden
around us everywhere.

And if you take
the time to look
you'll see someone who cares.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


My step-father
on his fourth wife
would grab my mom
and waltz her
around the kitchen.

He'd sing to Mom,
"I don't know why
I love you like I do,"

My sister and I
would join the singing,
"I don't know why,
 I just do."

All the while
we'd dream of stars
in their eyes
and the happy ending.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I don't know why
a caterpillar turns
into a butterfly.

Or why the black comma
of a polliwog
turns into a frog.

All I know
is beauty can come, unexpectedly,
from the most unusual places
like love.

Which is why
I'm writing
this poem
for you. 

   I don't know why, but love poems are hard for me to write.  If I set out to write one, I always feel like I'm blocked.  So many poems have been written about love, that it is hard for me to find something new to write about, or maybe it is just hard for me to expose my feelings.  I don't know.  All I know is when poetry contests have a category for "love poems," I always pass and skip to the next category.  Your poetry challenge for today is to write a poem about all the things you love.  I doesn't have to rhyme.  Try to use all of your senses in the list.  Do you like school, or summer vacation?  What is about vacation that you love?  Have fun making your list.  If you'd like to share, leave your list in the comments below.  Just remember this is a site intended for children and I will censor anything I deem inappropriate for children under 13 years of age.

Earth's the right place for love: I don't know where it's likely to go better.  Robert Frost, "Birches," 1916.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


 All it takes is light
for rainbows to delight.
Bending light rays, so bright.
Prism refracted, it's a sight. 

Rainbows are in the air.
They are everywhere.
You may not see them.
But they are there.

And although there 
aren't rainbows at night.
You can make one
with a flash light.

   We had a rainbow appear the other morning. I was surprised because we hadn't had rain, just a lot of humidity.  And it got me to thinking about rainbows.  How we don't always see the rainbows, but as long as there are light waves, there is a rainbow.  Can you try writing your own rainbow poem today?  When was the last time you saw one?  Where were you?  What were you doing?  How did it make you feel?  What would you do if you had a rainbow in your pocket?  Have fun writing.


I want to be free; rainbow round my shoulder, wings on my feet.  Old folk song quoted in Wings on My Feet, Howard W. Odum, 1929

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Rinky-dinky doo
the animals at the zoo
are eating popsicles 
and a snow cone.
Trying to stay cool
and they're not alone.

Friday, August 14, 2015


copyright 2015, Joy Acey

I am one happy frog.
I like sitting in my bog,
eating bugs and flies
as I watch the days go by.

However, I confess
my life would be a mess
if I were made to kiss
the lips of a princess.

 Do you know the fairy tale about the Princess and the Frog?  What would happen if all the frogs were getting kissed by little girls who wanted to find a prince? What is your favorite fairy tale?  Can you take a fairy tale, turn it on it's ear and then write a poem about it?  Have fun being wild and crazy.  Happy writing.

I cannot get out of my head a fairy-tale of olden times.--Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

The Poetry Friday Round Up is hosted this week by Heidi Mordhorst on her blog My Juicy Little Universe.  Thanks, Heidi.  She has a delicious poem about going back to school titled, No Not Yet, with lots of fun word play.  Check out her poem and lots of other fun poetry on her blog.