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.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Hurry.  Hurry.
Rush.  Rush.
I do not want to wait.
If I don't
move along
I surely
will be

    Can you write a poem about a time when you were late?  Have fun writing.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


I'm sailing along
on a briny sea.
There's a lighthouse on land
in front of me.
I watch its mirrors
spinning around
to help keep my boat
from going a ground.
Here is where 
I want to be,
sailing along
on a briny sea.

    If you had a sail boat, where would you sail?  Who would you take along?  What would you do?  Can you write a poem about sailing today?  Have fun letting your imagination go wild (Wandering In Lovely Destinations).  Just write.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


When I'm alone and scared
in the middle of the night,
all I need to do is grab
my trusty flash light.

    Do you have a flash light?  What do you use your flash light for?  Can you write a list poem about the uses for your flash light?  Have fun writing

Friday, July 25, 2014


The winds blew,
the lightning flashed,
the rains came down
and the thunder crashed.
Oh what a lovely storm.

    Our monsoon rains are coming and it is so lovely to have a break from the heat.  Can you write a poem today about some aspect of the weather?  Perhaps you can use the weather for a metaphor for your relationship with some one you know.  Have fun writing.

    The Poetry Friday roundup is hosted this week by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong over at http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/    Thanks to the greatest editors ever.  I appreciate your hard work in bringing poetry to children and teachers.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


copyright 2014, Joy Acey
A geode looks like a regular rock
until it's split in two.

copyright 2014, Joy Acey

Then you can see the crystals inside
sparkling for you.

    How many different kinds of rocks can you name?  Can you write a poem about rocks today?  Have fun writing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Somehow, it seems right,
the jib, small triangular sail,
is set before the mast,
attached to the bowsprit.

Like the unfurled journeys,
each night, in my dreams
sailing away from you,
but still attached to come home.

     Do you know what a jib sail is?  How about a Genoa jib, genny jib or a flying jib?  Do you know the word bowsprit?  Learning new words is one of the fun things I like about reading poetry.  I'm always learning.  Can you find a new word to write a poem about today?  You might want to write your poem in free verse.  Have fun writing and learning.

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.