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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Poetry Camp

I just got back from Poetry Camp at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.  What fun I had with over 40 children's poets.  There was lots to learn and lots to do.
  On my air flight home I met a young 3 year old.  She gave me a picture she had made.  I asked her name and she told me she was, Salsa.  I thought this was unusual and I looked to her dad for an explanation.  Had I heard right?
  "Just call her Salsa," said Dad.  "She likes to change her name every week or so." 
   How unusual, I thought.  I knew this young person had the heart of a poet, if she was changing around words and selecting the ones she likes. 
   If you could select a name to be called this week, what would it be?  I think I'd be Cookie this week because I've baked a lot of them for a writers meeting.
   Here is the picture Salsa gave me:

Salsa has stickers
of a horse, 
a dog.
a cat.
She draws 
the corral,
the doghouse
and a mat.

 I thought it was clever of Salsa to be able to draw the surroundings for her stickers.  Do you have some stickers to play with?  I have stickers of soccer balls I think I'll try drawing a soccer player.  Once you've drawn your picture, can you write a poem to go with it?  Have fun writing and sticking, and drawing.

Enjoy each day and treasure the people you meet.


  1. Welcome home! Are you sure the three-year-old drew the surroundings? Looks more like something the parent might have done. If she's this talented, she can be an artist, a poet, anything. The sky's the limit.

  2. Glad you made it home safe. Love this.