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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Paper Valentines

I made you a valentine
cut a heart out of red
slipped it under your pillow
where you go to bed.

Sent you all my love,
hoped you would see
the card I had made
and signed simply ME.

You were so tired
when you went to bed
you didn't see the love
underneath your head.

The paper got all wrinkled,
crumpled and bent
as you broke my heart
and the love that I sent.

WOW!  I say WOW! because this poem surprised me.  When I start writing poems, I'm never sure where I'm going to end up--where the poem will take me.  Is writing poetry like that for you?  This isn't a happy poem.  Is it funny to you? I think I'm going to have to go back and try again.  Have you ever had your feelings hurt?  What did you do about it?  Did you just feel sorry for yourself? (What a great phrase sorry for yourself is.) Did you mope, cry, laugh, get even, or did you take positive action?  Can you write a poem today about a time when you felt hurt? Or you can try making it a persona poem--write in the voice of an animal or object, real or stuffed.  Do have fun writing today.

Love makes the world go round, do something to brighten a friend's day.

Today is Poetry Friday.  You can find more poetry here.
Thank you,  Penny Parker Klostermann at A Penny for Her Jots for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

National Chocolate Cake Day


Make no mistake,
today is the day
for chocolate cake.
I'm off to the kitchen,
I'm going to bake
my very own
chocolate cake.
The frosting 
I will also make
to decorate
my chocolate cake.
And if you find
you'd like some too
hurry on over
I've a slice for you.

  Did you know today is National Chocolate Cake Day?  To celebrate there are three things to do:
1. Bake a chocolate cake.
2. Frost a chocolate cake.
3. Eat chocolate cake.

It's my kind of day.  Did you know I love chocolate?  What is your favorite dessert?  Today feels like a food poem kind of day to me.  Can you try writing a poem today about food?  Did your dog ever eat your dessert? 
I took cupcakes to a meeting recently and a woman was there with her service dog who promptly tried to steal a cupcake off the table.  Now there is a poem I should write.


It is Friday and Carol Varsalona is hosting Poetry Friday.  You can find more poems at her blog Beyond Literacy Link.  Thanks Carol for hosting us.

Be the joy someone needs in their life today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


JoyAcey, 2017

thinned to a thread
a snail slips a trail

Oh, I love when I make time to play in my studio with water colors.
I went outside early this morning at 6:30 to take the trash can out to the street before the trash truck came to pick it up.  Our sunrise is coming at about 7:16 now, so it was still very dark.  When I looked at the sky to the East, there wasn't even a hint that the sun was on its way.  Instead, I saw the almost new moon (such a thin sliver) with just enough light to add sparkle to the trail a wolf snail was making.
There is poetry everywhere if you just take time to be aware.

This weekend is the Chinese New Year.  There is a Lion Dance/parade in Lihue for the year of the rooster.  Chickens are very special where I live on Kauai, so this should be a special event.
Can you write a poem about something special to you?  Have fun writing and planning for a great weekend.

If you keep your eyes and ears open poetry will visit you.  Write.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Swing

Joy Acey 2017

My chicken is a dancing bird,
he really loves the swing.
And every time the sun comes up
we ALL can hear him sing.

  I had fun playing with another bird today.  I'm finding if I use that big U shaped body, I can draw lots of different animals with small heads. (I sketched a hippo, a bear, a cat and a pig.) I had fun playing with my water colors today.  What did you do today that was fun?

  I also played with painting flowers on a vine.

Joy Acey, 2017
  What are you aware of today?  Today, I'm trying to be aware of the vibrations I'm sending out into the Universe.  I want it to be a glorious, happy, positive day.
  I have a friend who told me her mother will not let her into the kitchen to help make meals when my friend is mad or angry.  Her mother says it affects the the food and everyone who eats it will taste the anger.
  Can you write a poem about something you are aware of today?  Have fun writing.

Poetry Friday

Today is Poetry Friday and Keri is hosting the round up on her blog at Keri Recommends.  You'll find more great poetry by folloing her link.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Words are like birds, they float in the air

Joy Acey, 2017

I wish I was
a hooty owl
sitting in a tree
so I could ask
who-who are you
of everyone
I see.
   If you could be any bird, which one would you chose to be?  Does your state have a state bird?  Have you ever thought what it would be like to have a pet bird?  Try writing your own poem today about a bird.  Have fun.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017 Monday

How was your day?  I'm starting to get organized for the new year, but the weather outside is so nice, I'd rather be outside.  Can you try writing a poem about how you feel today?
I hope it is a great day for you too.  As Picard from Startrek would say, "Make it so."

You have the power to make today a good day.  What have you done to make it a good day for someone else?

Friday, December 23, 2016


Little Rose Tahini
lost her bikini
while swimming ocean waves.

Her surfer brother
brought her another
twas one of his better saves.

Oh no! How am I going to get myself out of this pickle? Have you ever gotten yourself into a fix where you needed someone else's help?  Have you ever forgotten your school lunch and you needed your mom to bring it to school for you, or perhaps a friend shared his lunch with you.  Perhaps you've forgotten a paper you needed at home, or ripped your pants?  Think of a problem you've had and how you solved it.  Did you leave an important book you needed for your homework at school?  What did you do? Now, can you write a poem about your problem and how you solved it?  What happened?  Can you use a poem to tell your story?  Have fun writing.

Because of you, the world is a better place. 

 Today is Friday, time for the Poetry Friday round up.  All our poetry links are being gathered today by Buffy Silverman on her blog here.  Thank you Buffy for pulling us all together to celebrate the Winter Solstice.