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, April 13, 2016


Who is that bird
out walking loose?
It's a nene, nene,
the Hawaiian goose.

Nests on the ground,
not in a tree.
Once on all islands,
now only three.

Beading brown eyes,
black face and crown
I hope you will
stick around.

  The Nene is the state bird for Hawaii.  It is one of the most endangered water fowl in the world.  Once they were really abundant on the Hawaiian Islands, but now they are only on Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. Cats, dogs, rats, and introduced mongoose have destroyed the population.  Many of the birds have been hit by cars and the loss of their habitat has caused their numbers to decrease.  Each hen usually lays three eggs a season.  The Nene feeds on leaves, seeds, berries, and the flowers of grasses, herbs and shrubs.  You can find out more about the Nene here and here.  What is the state bird for your state?  Can you try writing a poem about your state bird?  This might be a great opportunity to try writing an acrostic poem.  Have fun learning about your state bird.

A smile is a light on your face.  Shine on!


  1. I love that I'm learning about Hawaii's wildlife through your poems. Thank you!

    1. We are learning together! Isn't learning new things fun?