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, January 24, 2013

Desert Abecedarian

Across the arroyo
Bouncing in the basin
Coyotes call
Down the dry, rocky wash--
Eerie echoes reach
Far into the
Gully-- yipping and yapping
Hanging on a breeze
In the chill desert air.
Jack rabbits and
Kangaroo rats jumping,
Leaping high
Making little
Noise in the night.
Only the bobcat
Pauses to
Quietly creep before
Racing after rabbit prey, then a
Scream pierces the still silence,
Talons caught
Under the fur , and a 
Wings over the dark
Yellow eyes leave
Zilch, nada, nil behind.

    I've been having fun playing with abecedarians this week.  Can you try your own poem shaped around the alphabet?  Have fun playing with this form.


  1. I love this type of poem, Joy & you've created a terrific one. I always find the x & z so challenging, & you've found good words that fit there. This is your territory, right? The animals have it tough in that climate. Thanks for showing the habitat so beautifully.

  2. cool.... you did good.... love what u did with q, x, y, and z..... ILY.... cloey

  3. I'm sure kids'll love this - and you did a great job incoporating the ABC's, which don't seem forced at all. Love the last 4 lines!

  4. Joy,
    Terrific portray of desert life. The ending was so vivid and the last line was just plain fun.