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, August 7, 2015


Poem A

Skipping along
dropping lines
on my way.
It's the reason
I'm late
with my poem

Poem B

Skipping along
tossing words
in the air.
I'm writing a poem
with my usual flair.

  Which do you like better, Poem A, or Poem B? Please leave your vote in the comments below. I got a card in the mail today from my friend Juanita Hoffman.  In the card she used the phrase "skipping along."  I knew it had to be in a poem.  Normally, I avoid using gerunds (those ing words) in poems, but I liked the sound of skipping, and then I had to follow that one with another gerund in the next line.  Do you ever hear phrases you just know must be in a poem?  Turn on the TV or radio, or just listen to someone talking.  Can you use the first words you hear in a poem?  Who knows what you'll come up with.  Have fun writing. 

Anyone can be rhapsodic over children's poetry. 


  1. Skip on! Don't worry about being late, if it's for the sake of poetry!

    1. Thanks, Mary Lee for the encouragement. We are trying to sell our house and so I spent all day yesterday getting ready for a showing. I scrubbed, vacuumed, mopped, dusted, polished, and put everything away. I didn't have much time for poetry until late at night.

  2. Joy,
    I like the first poem better because it reminds me of "A tisket, a tasket" and dropping poems, lines from poems, etc. I'd suggest changing the ending to reflect a child's excuse, perhaps for cleaning her room, and then send it off to kid magazines.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Linda.