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.

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.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Paradise

Sitting on the beach,
lazing in the sun.
Children dash in the waves.
 Fun,      fun,      FUN!

   Can you believe it was 77 degrees in Kauai yesterday?  My friends are all sending me pictures of snow and talking about how cold it is.  They write about sweaters, snow shoes and sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate.  I love those things, but I'd rather read about them than be in the cold.  I'd rather see pictures than live it.  After living on Kauai for a year, now when I put on a coat it seems to weigh my whole body down.
   I can remember visiting my sister in Australia one January.  All the children were on the beach having a water rodeo, with swimming and life saving competitions because it is summer south of the equator.
   What is the holiday season like in your part of the world?  What holiday traditions do you treasure?  Can you write a poem today about what Christmas means to you?  This might make a fun list poem.  Have fun writing.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Henry, the rooster
sure likes to crow.
He's the sound
of this island
I'm learning to know.

He crows in the morning
i n - c e s s - a n t - l y!
He crows at noon,
at one, two and three.

He crows at night
when I go to bed.
I can't get his crowing
out of my head.

He's forever crowing.
I don't know why.
But, Henry, the rooster,
is part of Kauai.

   Often, when I'm on the telephone with a friend, she'll say,
"I hear Henry."
   Roosters crow a lot on Kauai and since I live up-country near farmland, we have lots of free range chickens roaming round.  I think it is fun to have my phone conversations punctuated with rooster crows.  So much so that I have named the rooster, who crows under my bedroom window early in the morning before the sun is up, Henry. Henry is one noisy guy.
  When I'm on the telephone with my son from Seattle, I can hear the sounds of automobiles.  He lives in on busy street.  With my son in Chapel Hill, NC, I hear ambulance sirens. He works at a hospital.
   What sounds would someone hear if they were talking to you on the phone?  Can you try writing a poem about sounds on your phone?  Have fun listening and writing.

My favorite nest is in your arms.  Your loving hugs have many charms.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Lone myna
perched on the power line
turning his feet
west to look over
the cows and egrets
in the dewy field,
turns east to watch
gray clouds hang 
on the mountains.

The wind chime
and the myna
beats his white tipped wings
to fly north.
Shortly, he returns
to perch again.

Our lives are like the myna,
we watch the good and evil,
try not to judge.
We fly in a different direction
only to return home--
all our patterns
keep repeating.

    What do you dream for yourself and the world?  Can you write your own poem today about one of your dreams?  Have fun writing.

I am reminded, big dreams often start as little ones.