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, April 23, 2014

Ladies' Hats

Out in the Sonora desert
where cacti grow fat 

the Saguaros are blooming
like a lady's hat.

    If you look carefully at the white trumpet flowers of the saguaro in my picture, you can see black dots that are bees gathering pollen.  Our flowers are out early this year.  The flowers are usually at their height on Mother's Day, which is why I think of flowered ladies' hats.

   Is there a flower,  plant, bird, or animal that you have noticed this year being early or late?  Your challenge today is to write a poem about being early or late.
Are you a person who is early?  Are you a morning person?  Or are you late, letting your homework go until the last moment?  Do you like staying up late at night?  Have fun writing your poem no matter when you do it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Hello Earth,
     How do you do?
Today is the day,
     I celebrate you.


Thank you for mountains
      capped with snow.
Thank you for bird songs
      I'm learning to know.

Thanks for flowers blooming
     on the Palosverde tree
Thanks for sharing
     your earth with me.

     What is one thing you are thankful for about our earth?  Can you write a couplet about that and leave it in the comments below?  Have fun writing your own Earth Day poem.  Can you try an acrostic on Earth Day?

Monday, April 21, 2014


peeling an orange
many layers and sections
citrus in my nails.

    Do you like to eat oranges?  Or do you avoid them because they can be hard to peel?  Have you ever had the oil squirt into your eye, or gotten rind under your fingernails?  Some times the things we have to work the hardest to get to taste the sweetest.  For today's challenge can you take one of your old poems and try revising it one more time to make your poem even sweeter.  Have fun writing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


drinks ocotillo sweetness
up in flames

Old jalopy
stalled on the highway
going nowhere

brain going nowhere
writing haiku

     Happy Easter.  I hope you have a great day.  Go chocolate!  Can you find time to write one haiku today?  Have fun writing.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


feathered head,
waddle, scurry, zipping
one single feather

time of new leaves
blossoms blooming, new growth
we throw ourselves into the joy

     It has been a lovely day.  I saw my first little quailets of the season this morning.  There were about a dozen of them scurrying with a couple of adults.  The little ones are about the size of a walnut.  So when I attended a workshop this afternoon on writing cinquains and haiku, of course I had to write about my morning experience. 

   Can you try writing your own cinquain about something you saw today?  Have fun writing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Pantoum


April tosses her hair.
This is how it begins--
green willow branches float the air
to dance in springtime winds.

This is how it begins
day after blowing day
to dance in springtime winds
as April has her way.

Day after blowing day
Spring reaches to delight
as April has her way
blowing clouds black and white.

Spring reaches to delight
giving us all flower fun.
Blowing clouds black and white
until her breath is done.

Giving us all flower fun
Prickly pear blossoms visited by bees.
Until her breath is done,
April collects pollen on her knees.

Prickly pear blossoms visited by bees
to dance in springtime winds.
April collects pollen on her knees

This is how it begins.

A pantoum is one of the French forms, somewhat similar to the Malaysian pantum, but also attributed to English.  The form weaves lines together.  If you look closely you'll see the rhyming pattern of A1,B1, A2, B2   B1, C1, B2, C2,     C1,D1, C2, D2  etc. until you come to the end stanza where the first and third lines are dictated by the previous stanza, and the second and fourth lines are a repeat from the first stanza (in reverse) of lines A2, A1; or B2, B1--or the poem can simply be concluded with a couplet of A2, A1.  This information comes from THE SHAPE OF OUR SINGING by Robin Skelton, Eastern Washington University Press, 2002.
You might have fun trying this form.  Or, just try writing four couplets about April or spring.  Hey, and if you get that far, you can then try weaving the lines together and see what you come up with.  Have fun playing with poetry.

When I previewed this poem, there was an extra space between the penultimate and the last line.  I considered correcting the formatting error, but as I thought about it, I liked the line, This is how it begins, out there on its own.  And it made me consider that this poem makes an interesting reverso--a poem that reads as well top to bottom as it does bottom to top.  What do you think?

The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted this week by Robyn Hood Black on her blog Life at the Deckle Edge.  Hop over there for more poetry fun.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


The cats search
for field mice
in the barn.

If one is seen,
cats don't think twice
they leap, and bring harm.

Cats keep an eye
up in the rafters
for a barred owl--
he might be a captor
sleeping in the barn.

Horses in the paddocks
eating the grass,
spring will come,
then quickly pass.

Time soon
for the cows
to be milked.
What do you think?
Cats are hoping 
for a drink. 

     Part of the reason I love  writing poetry is the research you get to do.  I originally wrote the owl was a raptor, but when I looked up information on the owl, I discovered there is some controversy about calling an owl a raptor, so I had to change my line.  This poem is definitely a draft, I need to do a lot more work on it. 
     So your challenge for today is to write a draft poem about an owl.  Have fun writing.