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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Do not step in a cement crack.
Do not step on a rusty tack.
Bad things will happen.

Do not sleep on a railroad track.
Do not sleep on a camel's back.
Bad things will happen.

Do not pet a moose's rack.
Do not pet a wooly yak.
Bad things will happen.

Do not poke holes in a gunnysack.
Do not poke holes in a backpack.
Bad things will happen. 

Do not feed a hungry humpback.
Do not feed a lean silverback.
Bad things will happen.

Instead ask for a do over
look in the grass for a four leaf clover
and wish for good things to happen.

   This is an easy poem for a group reading because of all the repetition.  You can add lots of verses to this poem because the rhyming family for ACK is pretty large.  Have fun trying to add verses to this poem.  You might want to use a rhyming dictionary for help with the rhyming words.  Or if this doesn't appeal to you try writing a poem about a bad thing happening.  Have fun writing.


  1. Very cute. I think kids would really like this.

    1. That's the hope Rosi, to have kids like poetry. I can see a teacher using this to make a classroom list of all the "don't do's" and talk about the bad things that could happen from doing them, and then making a classroom list of all the things to do (stated positively) with a list of the good things that can happen--so children understand they have power to create change.