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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Friends

I have found
the more kids I've seen,
few of them
are intentionally mean.

When I treat people 
kind and nice
they return the favor
more than twice.

Most folks are friendly
and show they care.
They help me out
and are more than fair.

    I first wrote the last line of this poem as: with knowledge to share. That felt too limiting--people share more than their knowledge.  I'm not finished with this poem.  It is still very rough, but I does capture the idea I had in mind when I started writing.
   Have you noticed on days  whenyou are happy and smile at other people, those folks smile back and are happy too?  Have you ever noticed if you do a good deed like open a door, or pick up trash in the lunch room, soon there are other people doing good deeds too.  I find the goodness I launch into the world comes back to me multiplied.  I feel good when I do good deeds and that goodness radiated and multiplies.  Take a moment to think about a good deed you can perform today.  Now, can you write your own poem about that?  Do have fun.  Have a happy day.

Monday, September 15, 2014


A spun sugary treat,
I'm a dandy.
I melt in your mouth.
I am __ __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __.

   What is your favorite candy?  Can you write a poem about that today.  Or how about writing an acrostic poem using your favorite candy.  Oh what fun.  I'm off to try it.  I hope you have fun writing today.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Floating in your soda,
a cool drink tastes so nice.
I am frozen water,
I am a cube of __ __ __.

It is hot today.  I started the morning with iced coffee and I've kept the cup going adding more ice and different kinds of liquid.  I have water and ice in the cup right now.  I went out to the book store earlier today and left my cup in the car.  When I got back in the car, the ice had melted but the wet drink still tasted wonderful.  Sometimes it is hard to stay hydrated in the desert.
  The last line of my riddle is actually a reversal.  Can you write your own ice cube poem today?  What rhymes with cube?  Have fun writing.  Happy Sunday.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


I am a smartboard
in your classroom.
I replaced the chalkboard
who now feels doomed.

He misses the children,
can't hear their news.
He feels discarded
and has the blues.

     So, I've set up a problem in this poem, the chalkboard is being discarded.  Can you write the rest of the poem?  What is going to happen to rescue the chalkboard?  Have fun playing with this idea.  Happy writing.



She zips around town,
with her cat named Doom.
The witch rides on me,
I am her __ __ __ __ __.

This is a riddle poem, but it is also a mask, or persona poem.  If you were a broom, what would you be made of?  Who would have made you?  How would you have become magical, if you are?  Where would you live?  Would you play quidich?  What can you tell us about your life and the person who rides you?  If you live at a school, what do you do after the children all go home?  How do you get along with the other brooms?  What advice would you give us?  Can you write today about being a broom?  Have fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I'm going to see the doctor today.
My appointment is at 9 on the dot.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
Mom says I am feeling hot.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
I hope he'll know what I've got.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
I hope I won't need a shot.

 Since this poem uses anaphora, repetition of a line, it is an easy poem to recite with two voices.  Can you write your own poem using anaphora today?  Have fun writing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Full moon tonight,
shining big and white.
Look at it, perfectly round
making shadows on the ground.

    It is your turn.  Can you write a moon poem today?