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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


I'm going barefoot
without my shoes.
Now I'm wondering
What's your news?

Happy Saturday.  Saturdays are catch up days at my house.  I clean my room, change my bed sheets, shop for groceries, and pay my bills.  What do you do on Saturdays?  I hope you can find time to write a poem today.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Today is Friday.
Make it a fun day.
Live for today,
not tomorrow.
Try to be happy,
let go of sorrow.

    What are you doing today to have fun?  What makes you happy a bout today?  Can you write a poem about that?  It would make me happy.  Have fun writing.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fortune Cookie

I ate a fortune cookie
a yummy little wafer.
The fortune said, Be careful,
it's time you should be safer.

   If you had a fortune cookie, what would you like the fortune to say?  One of my recent fortunes said I'd be travelling to the Orient.  Guess what?  I actually had the opportunity to travel to China occur this week.  I'm planning a trip for 2015.  Have fun writing a poem about your fortune.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The friendliest sound 
in the desert to me
is a phainopepla calling
from a Paloverde tree.
Too-weet, too-weet, too-weet.

    On my walk this morning, I saw and heard the phainopepla.  It reminded me that it is about time for the birds to start their migration.
    This poem can work fairly well as a template for lots of bird sounds.  Next I want to try calling from a cactus.  Let's see:

The eeriest sound
in the desert to us
is an elf owl calling
from a Saguaro cactus.
Chewk, chewk, chewk.

 Now, let's see with a different bird:

The strangest sound
in the desert to us
is a Gila woodpecker calling
from a Saguaro cactus.
Churr-kip, churr-kip, churr-kip.

 Now, let's see with a different location, bird, and tree:

The prettiest sound
in the mountains to me
is a cardinal calling
from a pine tree.

  So, here is your challenge for today--can you use this template to write a poem about a sound you hear in your locale?  Have fun trying this in lots of different ways.
The nosiest sound
I've ever heard
is my dog barking
at a bird.
Woolf, woolf, woolf.
Do have fun writing today.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A river named Poetry
flows through my dreams
with cascading mists
dancing in moonbeams.

The cool taste of words
delights in my ear
as I'm drifting in poems
full of good cheer.

I wade with my Wellies
and grab some smooth stones,
for as long as there's poetry
I've no need to roam.

Exotic destinations are all
found in verse.
Addicted to rhyming,
oh, that is my curse. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pete Repeats

fingerpaint, copyright 2014

I have a pet parrot.
His name is Pete.
The only word he knows
is repeat, repeat.

I introduce my parrot
to everyone I meet,
but all Pete says
is repeat, repeat.

   How many different kinds of birds can you name?  Can you write a poem about a bird today?  May your poem soar.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Friend,
Oh, how I depend upon you
to help me on days
when I'm feeling blue.

Your smile makes me happy
and carries me through
to another day 
when I give thanks
for friends
that are true.