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.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Doves sit on the courtyard wall
making their dove-y coo-y call.
Saying hello and good bye
before they fly 
into the blue, blue sky.

  The doves usually huddle on my back hurricane fence, but today they all sat on the wall in front of the house so I'd be sure to see them.  They didn't want to be missed.  Have you ever missed something?  What was it?  Can you write a poem today about something missed?  Have fun writing.

Cold turkey sandwiches are de-lish.
   The Poetry Friday Roundup is over at Carol's Corner.  Go here for links to more children's poetry.  Thanks Carol for hosting us.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you.
May your food be plentiful,
May family and friends be close too
and may your day be wonderful.

May you feel blessed
with all the things you need
and may you be thankful
in both word and deed.

   I hope your day is fantastic.  What are you thankful for today?

   On days like today, I feel blessed to call you friend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


A javelina stood in the road today.
He didn't budge, as if to say,
"I hear that you are moving away.
I think I'd like for you to stay."

It was a while before he moved on,
he ambled off, and then was gone.
I didn't move, or even try.
I was sad when the javelina said,
"Good bye."

     Lately, it seems like the animals are coming out in force to give me wonderful memories of Arizona.  Do you really think they are giving me a special treat because I'm moving away?  Several times this week the phainopepla has perched at the top of the ocotillo to sing a symphony just for me.  I feel a little like that man who was trying to grow tulips for his spring garden party.  All winter long he'd go out to where the bulbs were planted.  He'd talk to the plants; he'd croon and whistle to them; he'd tell them how beautiful they would be.  When Spring came the bulbs didn't stick their pretty little heads up.   The man stepped up his efforts.  He gave them extra fertilizer.  The day before the garden party, still nothing.  By now the man was angry that all his time and efforts were for nothing.  He went out to the garden.  He stomped his feet.  He yelled and cursed.  He told the bulbs, "If you don't come up by tomorrow, I'm going to rip you out of the ground."
    The next day the man went back out to his garden ready to go to work digging the bulbs up, but to his amazement there were beautiful, richly colored tulips, all abloom just in time for the garden party.
   Now that I'm ready to move, all those animals I waited patiently to see are showing themselves to me.

   Can you write a poem today about something you have learned from observing?  Have fun.

I am thankful.  What do you give thanks for?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I'm packing boxes.
I'm in the groove.
I'm getting ready
for the BIG move.

     I've moved several times in my life.  Usually the moves occur over the summer, but I can think of two other times I've moved before the end of the year.  When I was 10, I moved and started fifth grade at a new school.   That was a tough year of learning new things.
     This time I'm moving to the island of Kauai in Hawaii.  In twenty days a big cargo container will arrive at my house.  We'll load it with all the packing boxes and then the cargo container will be put on a boat to be shipped to our destination.
     Have you ever moved?  If you did move,what prized possessions would you take?  What would you leave behind?  Can you try writing a poem about moving today?  Have fun!

How long does it take to say a few kind words?

Friday, November 20, 2015


The bobcat knows

how to jump and leap.

He also knows

how to run and creep.

The bobcat knows

how to roll and play.

He also knows

how to walk away.

  A little bobcat kitten, only about a foot long , sat on the cushion storage box outside my front window this week.  He was looking inside at me. I watched him walk on top of my garden wall, leap to the top of a 7 foot metal fountain next to the wall.  He almost slipped off.  Then he jumped over the wall, strolled around the mesquite tree before deciding it was time to leave.  He looked so cute.  I wanted to go outside and pet him, or put a saucer of cream out for him. But, I knew mama bobcat was probably close by and I didn't want to upset her.  Later in the day, I saw mama chasing a rabbit.  I had to remind myself a bobcat is a wild animal and it is best to keep my distance.
    This got me to thinking about friends in Colorado who have bear sightings and friends in Vermont who have moose sightings.  Children in Laos can see elephants in their yard and in Kenya lions.  There is wildlife around us in all parts of the world.  What can you see in your part of the world?  Can you try writing a poems about wildlife today?  Have fun writing.

Plan today for a bright tomorrow.

Friday, November 13, 2015


"Josephine" by Joy Acey, 2015

Let's go shopping.
What do I see?
Put them in my basket
1,   2,    3.

Let's go shopping.
What are your picks?
Put them in my basket
4,    5,    6.

Let's go shopping.
Everything is fine.
Put them in my basket.
7,    8,    9.

One more thing
that makes 10.
Empty the basket.
Count again.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

This poem is inspired by Josephine, a little girl I met while shopping today.  This is also a counting poem.  Imagine you have a magic basket.  Everything you put into the basket multiplies.  What would you put into the basket?  For your poetry challenge today, can you write a poem about your magic basket and one thing you put in the basket?  Have fun writing.

Happy Friday the 13th.  Today is Poetry Friday and the round up is being hosted by my friend Bridget Magee on her blog Wee Words for Wee Ones 
You'll find links to other children's poetry there.  Thanks Bridget for hosting us.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Joy Acey 2015

Today I took a walk
with a butterfly
and every step I took
it would flutter by.

Glad for the company
as I walked along the road.
That butterfly, he helped me,
by lightening my load.

    I don't know why, but watching nature always makes me feel happy, fanciful.  It lightens my spirit.  Is there something in your life that always makes you feel good?  Can you try writing a poem today bout things that make you happy?  Have fun writing.

Today I'll keep a smile on my face, because the world is a marvellous place.