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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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

TODAY

Today,
I'll try to
unbutton myself
let my heart
fly free.

Today,
I will let
my imagination
soar like a hawk
searching the skies.

Today,
I will chase
clouds floating above
changing shapes
on a whim.

Today,
I will sing
to the birds
and find happiness
in every flower.

Today
I will have fun
being me.
I will write
this poem
for you.

   What will you do today?  What makes you happy?  What gives you joy? As long as you're living, you might as well live big.  Have fun today.  What can you do to help someone else along their journey today? Now, can you take your answers to these questions and shape them into a poem? Have a grand time writing.

Friday, April 24, 2015

LATE SPRING




Creosote bushes
yellow flowers blown
pollen litters the ground.

Saguaro blossom
in wedding white cone.
Bees come sniffing around.

Mothers Day bonnet
decidedly shown
the cactus early crowned.



    I can not believe that parts of the US had snow, yet again, yesterday. Here in the desert we are hurling toward summer. Already the Saguaros are starting to flower. In a couple of weeks, just in time for Mothers Day they will have white crowns of flowers around their tops. Yesterday I watched a quail with ten little quailets scurry through my fence and walk around under the bushes. It looked like one mom and ten little babies, no bigger than golf balls. On the top of my fence sat the male on look out. It was fun to watch those ten little ones scurrying in ten different directions, going forward and back, depending on what took their attention. It did make me think of toddlers in the play yard.
   Today's poem is written in triplets, three lined stanzas, with rhyme. Can you try writing your own triplet today? Pick a plant or animal from your world and experiment.  Have fun writing.



  The Friday Poetry Roundup is hosted this week by Renee LaTulippe on her blog, No Water River. You can find more poetry from other children's poets here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WEATHER

Some days are cloudy.
Some days are hot.
Some days are rainy.
Some days are not.

Some days have rainbows.
Some days wind blows.
Some days are cold.
Some days it snows.


What ever the weather
Can we get together?


    What is the weather like in your part of the world?  My niece lives in Sydney, Australia, so she is having late fall weather.  It will soon be winter there.  My friend lives in Colorado and they had snow two weeks ago. I'm in Tucson and we're having hot, hot sunny weather.  All over the world the weather is different.  Your challenge for today is to write a poem about what the weather is like outside your window.  Have a great day enjoying your writing and your weather.
    Normally, I do NOT start every line of a poem with a capital letter.  In this poem I chose to do that.  Can you guess why I started every line with a capital in this poem? 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Raisin Buns



FIVE little raisins
in a raisin bun,
round and fat,
having great fun.

Along came a girl
with a quarter that day,
she bought a bun
and skipped away.

FOUR little raisins
in a raisin bun,
round and fat,
having great fun.
 
Along came a boy
with a quarter dashing past,
he bought a bun
and ate it up fast.

THREE little raisins
in a raisin bun,
round and fat,
having great fun.
 
Along came a mom
with a quarter in her hat.
She bought a bun.
It made her feel fat.

TWO little raisins
in a raisin bun,
round and fat,
having great fun.

Along came a dad
with a quarter from Stockholm,
he bought a bun
and took it straight home.

ONE little raisin
in a raisin bun,
round and fat,
not having any fun.

The baker ate it
because the bun looked sad.
He thought the taste
wasn't too bad.

No more raisins.
No more buns.
They've all been eaten.
Our rhyme is done.

   I wish I had a small person in my lap to count off toes as I say this rhyme.  It could also make a fun rhyme for two voices.  What is your favorite breakfast food?  Or lunch food?  Can you write a counting rhyme for the food?  I might try five fat pancakes next. I could put a different kind of syrup on each one.  Have fun writing today.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GOSSIP All Over Town

Miss South,
a blabber-mouth
told
Miss North,
who sallied forth
to tell
Miss West,
she was a pest,
who told
Miss East, 
who confessed
to her priest,
spreading gossip
all over town.

   How did you learn the directions NEWS (North, East, West, South)?  Can you try writing your own poem today that includes the four compass points?  Have fun writing.
 Have you ever gossiped?  Have you told a secret you shouldn't have?  What happened?  How did you feel?
Is a blabber-mouth the same as a tattle-tale? What should you do if someone is spreading tales?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Listen, listen
to your heart, dear.

Hear, hear
the words it sings.

Listen, listen
to your dreams, dear.

Write, write the words
for happiness it brings.

     Dream big and may you find just the right words to share your dreams with others.

     Linda Andersen has interviewed me on her blog A Writer's Playground.  You can find out about Frog poems and me here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

FERMATA

Fermata, one-eyed owl
a musical symbol
go back, start over
repeat from here.

I want those owls
to show the way
I need to return
to finish in music.


   Do you know what a fermata is?  It is a musical symbol that looks like a one-eyed owl.  What other musical symbols do you know?  Can you try writing your own musical poem today.  Have fun.