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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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Floor

Suppose the floor had just been born
on a cold and dusky morn.
He finds the dirt you try to hide
perhaps it hurts the young floor's pride.
With many things to learn and do,
would the new floor walk over you?
If then you open up his doors
you'll find out what the floor abhors.

   This is just a bit of silliness.  What do you think the floor would tell you if you had a conversation?  What would your bed say?  The trash can?  The refrigerator?  Take an object and write a poem about it today.
   I know when I was in second grade and I tried to cut my own bangs on the day before school pictures, the silver scissors I held in my left hand were screaming, "Stop, stop!"  That's why my bangs ended up uneven.
   I used a mentor poem to write my poem, written by my birthday poet Theodore Roethke. His is titled The Ceiling.

Children's poems can start you wondering. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

STREET BAND

Whoottle, whoottle.
Tweet, tweet, tweet.
I'm forming a band 
to march in the street.

Two-oodle, two-oodle.
Play hard, play hard.
We can all gather
in my front yard.

Hoot-oodle, hoot-oodle.
Our instruments hand made.
We'll get together.
 We'll make a parade.

Tweet-a-lee, tweet-a-lee.
Come everyone play
and wish all the folks
a sunshiny day.


Have you ever made a shoebox guitar, or a comb harmonica?  Have you marched in a parade?  Did it make you happy?  Your poetry challenge for today is to write a poem about what makes a sunshiny day for you.  Enjoy your writing. Your poem doesn't need to rhyme.  Use any form your choose.

Poets are born, not made.  Proverb

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Do not lie,
or tell fibs.
You know it hurts
when your elbow
jabs my ribs. 

 Have you ever accidentally jabbed someone in the ribs?  Did someone do it to you? What did you do?  What did you say? Can you write a poem about that today?

Ivory, apes and peacocks all love children's poetry.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Do not step on my shoes.
It will hurt my feet.
Plus to step on my toes
is not the way to meet.

For today's challenge, can you write a response poem to this.  Who is doing the stepping?  What would they say? What if the speaker on my poem was an ant?  Have fun playing with this poem.

On the subject of children's poetry, all I can say is I like it.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Restuarant Dining

I put on my favorite dress
and leather shoes upon my feet.
The reason that I'm dressing up
is we're going out to eat.

   Every child needs the experience of going to a nice restaurant to eat out--one with real table cloths and cloth napkins.  Have you done that?  What did you learn from the experience?  Can you write a poem about dining out?

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.--Aristotle 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I LOVE

I love
sugary cotton candy
   spun into a pink cloud,
writing children's poetry
   to be whispered aloud.

watching yellow butterflies
   as they flit flying by
comforting a baby
   when she's starting to cry.

grass on summer mornings
   glistening in dew,
and the feeling I get
   when I think of you. 

This is a list poem.  Can you try writing your own list poem today?  It doesn't have to rhyme.  Just start by writing a list--things you love or hate, books you've read, movies you've seen, places you've visited, foods you like, etc. Then try to shape your list into a poem.  Have fun.  Happy Sunday.

Just like there are all kinds of people, there are all kinds of poems.  Each one is special.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CRICKETS

There's a cricket in my bedroom.
He's rubbing his legs fast and hard.
I'd say he is singing and dancing.
But I think he's a poetry bard.

He is in here reciting his verses.
Shouting them loud and deep.
I wish he would be quiet
so I can get some sleep.

 Have you ever been kept awake at night?  Can you write a poem about it?  Enjoy your writing.
Have you read Archie and Mehitabel, a conversational poem written by Don Marquis?  First published in 1927, you might enjoy this story poem about a cricket who types.

Children's poems can come from anywhere.  Each one is an adventure.