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, December 21, 2014


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running and bucking
black and white zebras grazing
race African plains

   I saw two kinds of zebras in Kenya--the plains zebra and Grevy's.  The plains zebra can have a white belly and white inside their legs.  The Grevy's has narrower stripes and the stripes cover all of the animal.  A zebra is an equid--member of the horse family.  This haiku is about the zebras.  Can you write a haiku about one of the African animals?  Have fun writing.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


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Some call me
a Waller's gazelle,
or a giraffe antelope
because I have
a long skinny neck.
No matter what
you call me,
my favorite is
to be called
a gerenuk.

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     Do you have several names or nicknames that people call you?  Do you like some and hate others?  Have you ever been called names?  What is the name you want to be called?  Can you write a poem today about the different names. Have fun writing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Giant Eland

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The largest antelope
is quite grand,
an herbivore,
the Giant Eland.

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"The biggest,"  "the greatest"  those are words often used to describe something that is the best, or at least really good.  For today, can you write a poem about something that is the biggest, the greatest or the absolute best ever?  Have fun writing your poem.

Today is Poetry Friday and Buffy Silverman is hosting the round up at her blog.  You can find links to many more children's poems here.  Children's poets are the very best.  Thanks for hosting us Buffy and Mele Kalikimaka to all.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


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A topi is an African antelope.
Their numbers are decreasing
but there is hope.
Their coat is distinctive
with purplish gray.
I hope the topi
don't all fade away.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


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Waterbuck, waterbuck,
oh what do you see?
As you graze and
look at me?
Males have horns
females, horn free.
Munching on grass
you're fairly

Sedentary means that the waterbuck likes to stay and graze in one area--they like to have a place they call home.  This is different from the wildebeest I featured yesterday who like to migrate over a vast area.  Are you sedentary, or do you like to migrate?  For today, can you write a poem that uses either the word migrate or sedentary?  Have fun with this difficult challenge.  Or, just write a poem of your choice, but whatever you do today, find some time to write.  Enjoy.

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TUESDAY Wildebeest

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Wildebeest, wildebeest
grazing along,
having a movable feast.
You're a part
of a long migration,
belonging to
the wildebeest nation.

   The wildebeest is a funny looking animal with his hairy beard, long thin legs and horns.  He's an ungulate, an animal who eats grass and is related to antelopes.  You can find out more about wildebeest here .  Or, for more poems about African animals, you might enjoy reading Irene Latham's poetry book, Dear Wandering Wildebeest.

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The wildebeest is
a curious creature.
His shaggy beard is
his distinguishing feature.
He likes to migrate.
He likes to roam.
All of Southern Africa
is his home.

     If you could wander anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Why would you go there?  Can you write a poem today about your own wanderings?  Have fun writing.

Monday, December 15, 2014


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I am a Cape Buffalo
munching grass as I go,
sometimes fast, 
but mostly slow.
Lumbering along
the Cape Buffalo.

   The Cape Buffalo usually travel in herds and often are seen with other grazers--animals who eat grass.
    What is your favorite food to eat during the holidays?  Plum pudding, candy canes, popcorn, sugar cookies?  Can you write a list poem today about all the foods you eat for Christmas?  Have fun writing.

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