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, July 6, 2012

RAIN in the Rainforest

Rain rushing off the roof at the Tambopata Research Center.

Pitter, pang, clash, twang--
this is the hail song
Mother Nature sang.

Then when she was done
out came
a brilliant sun.

If you look
quite carefully
you may
be able to see
perhaps a treasure 
you will find
in the rainbow
she left behind.

      This poem uses onomatopoeia.  That's when the word sounds like the thing it is--words like bang, ting, meow or quack.  Your challenge for today is to write a poem using onomatopoeia.
     If you really want to have a good time getting lost in the web, try doing a search for "onomatopoeia."  There are about a dozen fun videos and songs on the topic.  Start with Tigger singing his onomatopoeia song for Rabbit from Disney's Winnie the Pooh.  See Batman and Robin "kapow" and "bam" their way to justice.  Hear songs about what the animals all say.  There is a plethora of entertaining and educational material to help you with your poetry.  Have fun.


  1. Thanks for visiting my site today! Rainbows are fascinating, aren't they?

  2. I especially liked the opening to this poem - as you intended, a wonderful example of effective onomatopoeia. Great rainbow photograph, too - I really had to look hard to see the rainbow.

  3. Wow, this has been a terrific rainforest experience. I feel so privileged to have shared it. Would a musuem gift shop consider selling such a collection? You have such a wonderful thing going here. Are you considering marketing any of these? I hope so.

  4. It looks so beautiful there, Joy. I've been in the rain forests of Costa Rica & Washington State-good for the skin, too! I love that you found the onomatopoeia just right for serving up the storm. And, is there a creature hanging from that twig? Thank you Joy!

  5. I agree with LInda. You should market this!

  6. Yay - another rainbow on Poetry Friday! Love all the sounds and the great pix. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Isn't if funny, when it comes time for us to share poems on Poetry Friday, how often there is over lap in the poems? Great poets think alike.

  7. Gorgeous photos and a fun onomatopoeiaic (is that a word?) poem!!

  8. WOW! Mary Lee, six vowels in a row, if it isn't a word, it definitely should be.

  9. I really like this poem Joy. Can I use it as an example for the kids when my class starts later this month?

  10. Wonderfully playful--and smart in the photo with a faint rainbow that students must "look carefully" to see! Sally Buckner

  11. love this poem! it is lots of fun! love the rhyme.