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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


A grasshopper in the lantana
all yellow and black and green
was a big hopper in the lantana
the biggest that I've ever seen.

The grasshopper in the lantana
was looking hungry and mean.
That grasshopper in my lantana
was eating my leafy greens.

     Can you guess what I saw this morning when I was watering the plants?  Can you write your own poem about something you saw this morning?

Let's see if I can do this

Forty pairs of school shoes
sat on the school bus floor
trying to be quiet
'til we opened up the door.

Then forty pairs of school shoes
marched out the school bus door
then the bus is quiet 'til 
they're back to ride some more.


  1. Joy,

    The poem about forty pairs of school shoes was fantastic! Most people would have concentrated on something else, like smiling faces. Featuring shoes was a very creative and fun. Loved it!

    About the grasshopper... I hope he enjoys his fame. He'll probably have leaf stew tonight to celebrate being in the poetry spotlight.

  2. Thank you Linda. I once worked on a research project whose goal was to encourage language development in children titled, SMALL TALK.
    One of the things I learned was to put myself at a child's level for eye contact if I wanted to have a conversation with a young child. We put pictures and tactile textures on the bottom of chairs and tables for the crawlers. I also learned to allow the child time to have a turn in the conversation--even if the child was non-verbal. I am learning that this was an extremely valuable experience. I continue to learn from it.