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, December 13, 2013


like learning 
bird talk
or the steps
of a Latvian folk dance
like a volcano
on fire 
it feels wonderful
like being
a Greek Goddess
one of the muses
from my brain
to live
in your heart

     Today's poem is a great stretch for me.  I don't usually write free verse poems for children, but this is what wanted to come from my pen and I'm going to respect that.  I'm doing some experimenting with this poem.  My own form of CREATION.   Does the "jumpleapfly" work all together like an airplane taking off from a runway?  I know this poem is a little hard to read because of the lack of punctuation, but I did that intentionally because I wanted to take advantage of the enjambment and I wanted to slow the reader down to enjoy each word created and perhaps to create their own meaning in the spaces between the words.
     Your challenge today is to create your own poem.  Take any word you like and have fun playing with it.  Do you feel like an acrostic or a haiku?  Perhaps rhymed couplets or the common verse of quatrains.  What ever you try have fun with your own creation.

    The Friday Poetry Roundup is being hosted today by Tabatha Yeatts on her blog The Opposite of Indifference.  Thanks, Tabatha for hosting the party.
Click on the link to find many other great children's poetry posts today.


  1. Joy, your free verse leaves me feeling free and powerful as well. I love that, in the same breath, you compare words to learning bird talk, the steps of a Latvian folk dance, and an erupting volcano!

  2. Love the energy of your poem. You've captured that spontaneous joy and wonder of creativity.

  3. One of my favorite lines is that "jumpleapfly" - so it works for me! :0)
    Thanks for sharing the exuberance of being in the creative moment.

  4. I like the 'jumpleapfly', works very well as total excitement, Joy, and I like the idea of 'learning bird talk' too. You should try a few other free verse poems!

  5. Joy,
    I love the word combination of jumpleapfly. Maybe it'll make the dictionary. Any of the similies would create a poem. Kids would especially like the one about bird talk. Very well done. Fly free!

  6. Sometimes it's good to write outside our comfort zone! I think this poem works VERY successfully!