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, October 11, 2013


The Mortimer Minute badge

Morty, Morty,
have you got a minute?
You hopped for JOY
and now I'm in it.

A children's poetry blog
I'll add my 2 cents
so your tour doesn't stop.

    I was tagged by Heidi Mordhorst last week to feed and house Morty for the week.  (Notice how we've become such good friends that I have a pet name for Mortimer?  You're allowed to groan that was a very bad pun.  He does look a little like my Dutch Uncle.) I've got to tell you, having him for a guest is like having fish visit.  At first he is all cute and cuddly, but then he becomes a BIG responsibility.  Just keeping him entertained has been interesting.  He's eaten all my carrots, chewed holes in my new shoes.  He wants to eat my poetry.  Oh what's a girl to do?
Answer the interview questions quickly and send him on his way.

Morty:   What does it take to be a children's poet?

JOY:      You don't have to be royalty, but it helps.  All it takes is to write poems and small rhymes for children--early and often.

Morty:    Hey, why are you the Princess of Poetry?

JOY:      I get to be royal because everyday I try to do my best, and each day I get a little better. (I sure hope so. You can be royalty too.)

Morty:    What poem do you wish you'd written?

JOY:      Oh, Morty, there are so many really great children's poems written.  But, I don't WISH I'd written poems.  I do it.  It is called BIC(bum in chair) time and I write a lot of poems.  Every poem, if you look closely at it, has merit, even if it is only that you get to eat it.  So now can I send you on, please?

These are the rules for Mortimer's blog tour, (thanks Renee, I copied from you.)

Here’s how to hoppity hop “Mortimer Minute” style!
  • Answer 3 questions. Pick one question from the previous Hopper. Add two of your own. Keep it short, please! This is a Blog Hop, not a Blog Long Jump. This is The Mortimer Minute—not The Mortimer Millennium!
  • Invite friends. Invite 1-2 bloggers who love children’s poetry to follow you. They can be writers, teachers, librarians, or just plain old poetry lovers.
  • Say thank you. In your own post, link to The Previous Hopper. Then keep The Mortimer Minute going — let us know who your Hoppers are and when they plan to post their own Mortimer Minute.
- See more at: http://www.nowaterriver.com/poetry-friday-the-mortimer-minute-childrens-poetry-blog-hop/#sthash.vx5llQuS.dpuf

    Hey Morty, I'm sending you to Donna Earnhardt at WordWrangleNC  for a short visit.  She's the author of a very funny picture book, BEING FRANK

Now Morty, please don't eat any more shoes.

  And Jeanne Poland at the Vibrant Channel Creator, said she'd take this rascal off my hands too.  So look for Morty over at Jeanne's place next Friday.

    Thank you Heidi Mordhorst for sending Mortimer to me.

different hosting each week - Wonderful sharing of all things poetry! Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by Laura Purdie Salas over at Writing the world for kids.
Thank you Laura for hosting the party.


  1. I love that you wrote your poem for Morty (or 'to' Morty). Fun to hear that BIC word-so right! Thanks Joy!

  2. Fun to hear more from Morty. He's nibbling on my slippers right now.

    1. Did any one count the "Mortimer" posts today? That rabbit is multiplying like , we'll Jackrabbits. Do rabbits like pumpkin, Jama?

  3. Joy,
    I liked your pun. But to be honest, it went right over my head the first time. Maybe because I wasn't wearing my jester hat. ;)

    1. Well, get those bells shaking, Linda. Sorry to include such a lame pun, but it is something I picked up from hanging out with the kids. There are times I just can't help myself.

  4. You answered the last question the same way I plan to, Joy! Keep up the good work, and have a great weekend!

  5. I know, we think a lot alike, Matt. That's why I enjoy your poetry so much.

  6. What an enjoyable Minute, Joy! I loved your answer to the last question. There are many poems I wish I'd written--usually they're the ones that I've had a similar premise or a similar form or something like that, where it feels really akin to something I've aimed for in my own poems, but haven't quite achieved. But I completely agree--merit in every poem!

    1. Thanks Laura, I learned the merit in every poem from Joseph Bathanti, Poet Laureate from North Carolina. I took a workshop from him and he had something encouraging to say about every poem presented. Later when I talked to him about it, he told me if you love poetry it is easy to see the good things in poems. Everyone has to start somewhere.

  7. Thank you for the shout out, my friend! He'll be hopping and bopping on my page today!

  8. Hi, Joy--my apologies for being so very late to find and link to and comment on your Morty Minute. MOST enjoyable--your rabbit is much more mischievous than mine! Thanks for responding to my request and for passing it on, and may I say that when I see all your accumulated BIC work, I'm inspired to manage MyPoPerDayMo all over again.