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, October 21, 2014


In the dark night of Halloween
clouds are drifting
sky so
over water
a sea
carries in his
claws a

   Here is another zeno that Arlene Sikkink and Lee Chutkow helped to write in our poetry workshop at Santa Catalina Villas.  I think I've now got them addicted to writing zenos too.  Can you try writing a zeno today?  Have fun. 

Monday, October 20, 2014


Trick-or-treaters stand at my door,
keep demanding,
cookies, candy
leaving nothing--
not a

   Today's poem is another zeno.  I told you I thought they were addictive.  I worked with some seniors writing poetry today in their retirement community.  I shared the zeno form with them.  Lee Chutkow and Arelene Sikkink helped to write this poem.
   You can find directions for writing your own zeno on last Thursday's post.  You can read more zenos on Michelle Barnes' blog at Todays Little Ditty.
   Can you find friends to write a join poem with today?  Have fun with poetry.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wanda the Witch

Bib-it-ty, Bob-it-ty
Wanda the witch
went off for a ride
and fell in a ditch.

Her broom wouldn't fly straight.
it went awry,
Bib-it-ty, Bob-it-ty
she fell from the sky.

  In this poem I use some nonsense words, Bib-it-ty, Bob-it-ty.  Can you write your own poem using nonsense words?  Try it.  I think you'll enjoy making up your own words.

Friday, October 17, 2014


In the cemetery you hear 
screams and wonder 
who yelled
Dead Zombies watch
all you
and they're coming
to get

Today's poem is another zeno, a form invented by J. Patrick Lewis, former Children's Poet Laureate.  Can you try writing your own zeno today?  Have fun thinking of three rhyming words that are single syllable.  I gave the guidelines for this form yesterday, so just scroll back to that post, or you can find more on Michelle Barnes' blog, My Little Ditty.  The Poetry Friday Round Up is over at Michelle's blog, too.  There is also a fun 5 word poetry challenge over there.  Just drop on by here.  All you have to do is BYOP (bring your own poem).  Everyone is having a good time, so come join us.  Thanks Michelle, for being the hostess with the mostess.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Giant, furry witch's kitten
sits on her broom,
flies to-
Zipping, zooming
dips in
Shadows the moon

    This poem is a zeno, a form invented by J. Patrick Lewis, former Children's Poet Laureate.  The zeno is a 10 line poem with lines 4,7,and 10 rhyming.  The zeno is a syllabic poem with 8 syllables in the first line, then 4, 2, 1 in the next 3 lines and this pattern --4,2,1 is repeated three times.

Line     syllables       end rhyme
1.            8                  A
2.            4                  B
3.            2                  C
4.            1                  D
5.            4                  E
6.            2                  F
7.            1                  D
8.            4                  G
9.            2                  H
10.          1                  D

You can find out more about this form at Michelle Barnes' Today's Little Ditty blog.
Have fun writing your own poem about a witch today.

Flying Witch for Oct. 15, 2014

I'm the witch
on my broom,
at flying
I'm not great.
I like to loop,
to zip and zoom
but, I just
can not 
fly straight.