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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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EARTH

Earth turns,
plants itself
in dust to dust.

Earth freezes
from icy snow
in mountains, on plains.

Earth muddies
with falling rain
wraps around pig feet.

Earth holds
puddles and ponds
to the delight of ducks and geese.

Earth is home
for rabbit, badger
even wiggling worms,
and you and me.


     What are some of the things you have observed about the earth?  Can you try writing your own earth poem today?  Have fun.

Monday, January 26, 2015

WHAT DOES THE TOOTHBRUSH KNOW?






What does the toothbrush know?
     The minty taste of the paste's flow.
     To brush up and down, to and fro.
     To slide over each tooth slow.

What does the toothbrush know?
     A missing tooth makes a window.
     To rinse before you go.
     To make each smile all aglow.


         Michelle Barnes and Joyce Sidman have challenged children's poets to try writing a "Deeper Wisdom" poem.  This is a poem based on What Do the Trees Know? by Joyce from her book WINTER BEES & Other Poems of the Cold .  You can find out more about this challenge and suggestions for writing your own poem on Michelle's blog, Today's Little Ditty.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

THE GEESE OF GOOSE LAKE

Today's Deeper Wisdom poem is for my friend David Harrison, who has a collection of poetry titled GOOSE LAKE.

What do geese know?
    To fly south before they smell snow.
    To eat grubs from lakes down below.
    To listen for hunter's guns as they blow.

What do geese know?
    Flying a "V" makes a good show.
    Honking formation as they go.
    To feel the river as it flows.

     I discovered something about this form today.  I wasn't sure how to put the lines together for this poem and I wasn't sure which lines to include and which ones to leave out.  I went back to the basics--I looked at my five senses.  Can you find the 3 S's ( sight, sound, smell) and 2 T's (Touch, taste) in the poem?

     If you'd like to know more about writing a Deeper Wisdom poem,  Michelle Barnes is asking for entries in her contest at her blog Today's Little Ditty.    Michelle Barnes and Joyce Sidman have challenged children's poets to try writing a "Deeper Wisdom" poem.  This is a poem based on What Do the Trees Know? by Joyce Sidman from her book WINTER BEES & Other Poems of the Cold .  You can find out more about this challenge and suggestions for writing your own poem on Michelle's blog, Today's Little Ditty.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FIREFLIES






What do fireflies know?
     How to fly high, how to fly low
     Flashing light as they go
     And to hibernate before the snow.

What do fireflies know?
     Even their larvae have a glow.
     Searching for a mate, they put on a show.
     If you catch one, let it go.


     Michelle Barnes and Joyce Sidman have challenged children's poets to try writing a "Deeper Wisdom" poem.  This is a poem based on What Do the Trees Know? by Joyce from her book WINTER BEES & Other Poems of the Cold .  You can find out more about this challenge and suggestions for writing your own poem on Michelle's blog, Today's Little Ditty.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Hairy Eyeball

Auntie Dee, copyright 2015


My Auntie Dee
has a bushy brow.
When she looks at me,
HOLY COW!

I'm up in a tree
where I like to crawl
when Auntie gives me,
the hairy eyeball.

"Get down from there!"
I heard her yell.
It scared me so
that I 
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          e
            l
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         OUCH! 


     Do you know what the hairy eyeball is?  It's that look someone gives you to tell you to stop doing what you are doing.  I'll bet your teacher has given the hairy eyeball, or maybe a librarian when people are being too noisy.  Has anyone ever directed the hairy eyeball at you?  Have you ever given someone the hairy eyeball? What caused it?  How did you feel?  Can you write a poem today about that situation?  Have fun writing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

haiku


copyright 2015, Joy Acey  different angles on the same building



Modern skyscrapers
tower into the skyline
I'm a country girl



copyright2015, Joy Acey
    Driving into the hotel from the Shanghai airport there were several miles of skyscrapers.  I looked for the green, except it is January and most of the trees, when I could see any, were missing their leaves.  I saw lots of weeping cherry trees.  I guess I'm going to need to go back to China in the spring so I can see the cities all abloom.  I wonder who washes all those windows on the skyscrapers?
    What are you writing today? 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 15,2014


copyright 2015, Joy Acey


Colorful carp swim
in the pond racing, dashing
with no place to go

copyright 2015, Joy Acey
These fish were swimming in the pond at Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai, China.
They are reminding me that I don't need to rush.  All week I've been giving myself a hard time about not being up to date on the poems for my blog.  For me, I'm adding stress to my life that doesn't need to be there.  I will get caught up, but right now I have an assignment that I need to complete on a deadline.  It involves reading student manuscripts and it is something I enjoy doing.  So, if you will just be patient, everything will eventually get done. 
Thank you for your understanding.