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, September 30, 2014

Why I Haven't Written

Joy Acey, copyright 2014

I saw a seagull flying
over the sea
in his mouth a letter
he was winging to me.

In the wind he dropped the thing,
it couldn't get much wetter.
Now I'm forced to dry it out
so I can read your letter.

   I want to thank illustrator Bob Alley for showing me how to draw a sea gull with a letter for today's illustration.  He illustrated one of my poems in Highlight's High Five.
      Letter poems are fun to write because they let your imagination have fun.  You can try writing to a real person, but what happens if you write to an object?  Who is a favorite character from a book you've read or a movie you've seen?  Can you try writing a poem to someone today?  Have fun.

    Dear Wicked Witch of the West,
    I do not want to be you guest.
    So I'll regret this RSVP.
    I'm sorry I am not free.

    Dear Tinkerbell,
    Can you come for tea?
    How about Friday
    around about three? 

   Dear Backpack,
   I love your six zipper pulls.
   I'm sorry I stuff you
   much too full.

Monday, September 29, 2014


If I were hot cocoa
And you were the cup
I'd warm you,
you'd hug me
then I'd be drunk up.

      I've been playing with taking two objects and putting them together to see how they would interact.

If I were the water
and you were the pool,
we'd warm in the sunshine
and keep swimmers cool.

If I were a dog
and you were my rug
would you keep me warm,
would you give me a hug?

If I were a sea turtle
and you were the sea
would we swim with the dolphins,
would you want to be me?

If you were paper
and I were a pen
we'd write children's poetry.
Let us begin.

So, here is your challenge for today--take two (or more objects) and put them together.  See what you get for your poem.  Have fun experimenting and writing.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yellow creosote
purple Texas Ranger
red Mexican Bird of Paradise
yellow desert marigolds
fall colors in the desert

Look out your window?  What flowers are blooming in your part of the world?  Why do I feel the blooming flowers are precious?  Can you write a poem today about your landscape?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What's Happening

Lightning flashes
Thunder rolls
Rains come
Plants rejoice
Snakes curse

   I hoe you are having a great weekend.  What are you writing today?

Friday, September 26, 2014


The clouds are looking dark and gray.
I think it might rain today.
That's the reason the flowers say,

If you were to have a conversation with a flower, what would the flower say?  What kind of flower would you chose to talk to to?  What would the flower tell you about its day?  Have fun talking to the flowers, for hours and hours.  (Sorry, I couldn't control myself.  Now I'm thinking about what my life would be like if I was a bee.)

If I were a bee
and you were the flowers
we'd get together
for hours and hours.

Have fun writing your own poems today.

  Laura Purdie Salas is hosting the Friday Poetry Roundup today.  You can find lots more children's poetry on her blog at http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/
Thanks Laura, for a great Friday Poetry Party.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I'm walking, I'm walking
the sun on my face.
I'm walking, I'm walking
to keep up my pace.

Come evening, come evening
'for I hit the sack,
I'm walking, I'm walking
coming on back.

   If you went for a walk, where would you go?  What would you see?  Can you write a poem about walking today?  Have fun.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Do not step in a cement crack.
Do not step on a rusty tack.
Bad things will happen.

Do not sleep on a railroad track.
Do not sleep on a camel's back.
Bad things will happen.

Do not pet a moose's rack.
Do not pet a wooly yak.
Bad things will happen.

Do not poke holes in a gunnysack.
Do not poke holes in a backpack.
Bad things will happen. 

Do not feed a hungry humpback.
Do not feed a lean silverback.
Bad things will happen.

Instead ask for a do over
look in the grass for a four leaf clover
and wish for good things to happen.

   This is an easy poem for a group reading because of all the repetition.  You can add lots of verses to this poem because the rhyming family for ACK is pretty large.  Have fun trying to add verses to this poem.  You might want to use a rhyming dictionary for help with the rhyming words.  Or if this doesn't appeal to you try writing a poem about a bad thing happening.  Have fun writing.