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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Floating in your soda,
a cool drink tastes so nice.
I am frozen water,
I am a cube of __ __ __.

It is hot today.  I started the morning with iced coffee and I've kept the cup going adding more ice and different kinds of liquid.  I have water and ice in the cup right now.  I went out to the book store earlier today and left my cup in the car.  When I got back in the car, the ice had melted but the wet drink still tasted wonderful.  Sometimes it is hard to stay hydrated in the desert.
  The last line of my riddle is actually a reversal.  Can you write your own ice cube poem today?  What rhymes with cube?  Have fun writing.  Happy Sunday.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


I am a smartboard
in your classroom.
I replaced the chalkboard
who now feels doomed.

He misses the children,
can't hear their news.
He feels discarded
and has the blues.

     So, I've set up a problem in this poem, the chalkboard is being discarded.  Can you write the rest of the poem?  What is going to happen to rescue the chalkboard?  Have fun playing with this idea.  Happy writing.



She zips around town,
with her cat named Doom.
The witch rides on me,
I am her __ __ __ __ __.

This is a riddle poem, but it is also a mask, or persona poem.  If you were a broom, what would you be made of?  Who would have made you?  How would you have become magical, if you are?  Where would you live?  Would you play quidich?  What can you tell us about your life and the person who rides you?  If you live at a school, what do you do after the children all go home?  How do you get along with the other brooms?  What advice would you give us?  Can you write today about being a broom?  Have fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I'm going to see the doctor today.
My appointment is at 9 on the dot.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
Mom says I am feeling hot.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
I hope he'll know what I've got.
I'm going to see the doctor today.
I hope I won't need a shot.

 Since this poem uses anaphora, repetition of a line, it is an easy poem to recite with two voices.  Can you write your own poem using anaphora today?  Have fun writing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Full moon tonight,
shining big and white.
Look at it, perfectly round
making shadows on the ground.

    It is your turn.  Can you write a moon poem today? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Oh, look at that.
The horse is wearing a hat.
It sits upon his head
with a hat band of ribbon red.
It has two holes for his ears.
Made of straw he can munch.
That horse must love his hat
a whole big bunch.

    How many different kinds of hats can you name?  Derby, Panama, Cowboy, ten gallon.  A lot of professions have specific hats--pilots, firemen, cooks.  Can you write a hat poem today?

Monday, September 8, 2014


A substitute teacher
came today.
My friends and I 
thought we'd play 

A joke on the sub--
the old switcheroo,
we moved our desks
and switched names too.

The sub called me, "John."
and I replied , "Who?"
Our poor sub didn't know
what to do.

Our teacher returned
and she was sad,
said we'd treated the sub
terribly bad.

We knew we had
but what could we say?
While she was gone
we wanted to play.