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, July 22, 2014


I have new shoes
they are dancing shoes
they fit upon my feet.

I have new shoes
purple dancing shoes
they help me tap a beat.

I have new shoes
pale pink dancing shoes
they help my feet to fly.

I have new shoes
silver dancing shoes
they lift me to the sky.

     Now that I've started this poem, would you like to add a verse?  What color would your shoes be?  What would they help you to do?  Have fun writing.

Monday, July 21, 2014


I'm so hungry
I could eat a bear.
My teddy says,
"Don't go there!"

I'm so hungry
I could eat a horse.
"Don't eat me!"
says my horse, of course.

I'm so hungry
I could eat a cow.
"If I'm eaten,
there's no milk, now."

I'm no longer hungry
Don't want to be fed.
I think I'll return
to my bed instead.

     This is not the first poem I've written about being hungry.  What kind of poem could you write to answer the question: How hungry are you?  What would you eat?  Have fun writing a food poem today.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning
sunrise service
singing hymns of praise
yip, yip, yipee, yip, yip, yip
coyotes congregate on the golf course.

     Sunday is a great day for being grateful.  What are you thankful for today?  Can you write a poem of praise?  Have fun writing.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


desert roadrunner
races across the tarmac
eating a lizard

     I've seen several roadrunners lately and each one always has a lizard dangling out of his mouth.  I guess it is part of desert living.  What is something typical about your part of the world?  Can you write a poem about that today?

Friday, July 18, 2014


I put a smile
upon my face
I wear it
like a crown.
I skip.
I dance.
I even race
my smile
all over town.

     Your challenge for today is to write a happy poem.  What makes you happy?  What are some fun things you like to do?  Have fun writing your poem.
     The Friday Poetry Roundup is hosted by Tabatha Yeatts this week.  Hop over to her blog The Opposite of Indifference for more poetry fun.  Thanks Tabatha for all the wonderful things you do for us.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


New laces in my shoes
tied in crisp white bows.
Keep them tight with double knots
or else they'll trip your toes.

    The inspiration for today's poem came from Adella Arceo who wrote her own poem LACES.  Her poem was written for adults and was much longer.  Your poetry challenge for today is to take the title from another poem and write your own verse to fit the title.  Have fun writing.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Where are we going?
What shall we do?

Put on your puddle boots.
grab your umbrella too.

    We have been having monsoon rains.  It is fun to have rain.  The cacti plump up with water.  The creosote bushes blossom.  The Paloverde trees get new leaves, and if we are very lucky, we get to go out in the rain and it feels wonderfully cool.
     Lickety-spickety is a nonsense word which can mean hurry up; can you try writing a poem today that uses a rhyming nonsense word in the poem?  Have fun writing.