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.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


tarantula hawk
circles the Palo Verde
fiery red sunset

     This haiku probably needs some translation.  The picture shows  a tarantula hawk wasp.  Lately, in the evening they have been gathering around my Palo Verde tree.  This is a tree with green bark and very tiny little leaves.  The leaves are small so the tree doesn't lose a lot of water.  The trunk and stems of the tree are green so the tree can use them for photosynthesis.  I think this is the only tree that uses it stems to photosynthesize.  So the wasps sit in the trees and the red sun sets in the sky. Can you imagine that picture?
    Can you write your own haiku today?  I used the traditional American 5-7-5 for my haiku, but you don't have to do that.  Experiment.  Have fun.


  1. Thanks for the haiku-peek into a new ecosystem!

    1. No, thank you, Mary Lee. I hadn't thought about the haiku being about an eco-system. I was experiencing the colors.

  2. Good poem .... Good picture ILY cloey

  3. Joy,
    A poem and a mini science lesson. Package it! Five minute devotions sell. You may have stumbled on another marketing tool that suits you well!

    1. Oh, Linda, you are priceless. I wish I could package you to sell to everyone who needs encouragement. I'm going to have to think about haiku as a teaching tool. The explanation was way longer than the poem. I guess that is why I love haiku so much, you can condense a lot of information into a few short words, but the reader often needs the same broad background you have to get the many layers of a poem.
      And then, I do believe a poem needs to be able to stand on its own two feet with out an explanation--it is sort of like trying to explain a punch line to a joke that someone didn't get.