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, January 22, 2012

If I Drove the Bus

If I drove the bus
I'd toot my horn
at folks on the street.
Toot, toot, toot.

If I drove the bus

I'd turn on the wipers
and listen to the blades.
Swish, swish, swish.

If I drove the bus

I'd travel up and down hills
and see across the bay
from my high seat.

If I drove the bus

I'd drive straight to you
to pick you up just so
I could show you
the driving I can do.

  The inspiration for this poem came from my friend and poetry pal Heidi Mordhorst, who has a blog My Juicy Universe.  Hop over to Heidi's blog to read her poem and find out more about the great poetry books for children she has had published.   I met Heidi at a Highlight's Founders Workshop in Poetry with David Harrison last May.  I hope to see her at the next poetry workshop in 112 days.
  So if you could drive a bus, what would you do?  Where would you drive?  Who would be on the bus with you?  Write a poem about your adventure.


  1. You drove the bus to Pineville.
    You picked me.
    We rode all through Poemville.
    We had a great time.

    1. Joan,
      I love your poem. I like the idea of driving to Pineville and riding through Poemville. wouldn't that make a fun story if all the poem characters lived in Poemville. Now there would be a fun place to visit. Can you imagine what the postcards from Poemville would look like?
      Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. Joy,

    I loved the sound effects you added to some of your stanzas. It reminded me of "The Wheels on the Bus" song.

    I used to drive a bus full of K-2 grade students. I was a high school student. Oh, the stories I could tell, but I won't.

    What fun it would be to have a bus full of writers and illustrators going on a field trip. That would be a conference on wheels.

    1. Oh Linda, this could be so much fun. A Road Trip for Poetry.
      WOW! And I think you might have a great character and plot line that could develop out of a student who drives the bus. I'm thinking YA. What a huge responsibility. Have you written about it?
      I'd love to go on a conference on wheels. Or a bus tour of bookstores. Or a bus of poets who go to schools and hospitals to perform and do mini workshops with kids.

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