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.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I'm still running to catch up
Can you imagine the picture I wanted to draw to go with this poem? Think of a brilliant rainbow arcing the blue, blue sky over the ocean. Then place a breaching whale inside the arc. Would seeing that make you smile and say, thank you? When I'm in Kauai, I still take lots of walks. I even take short hikes. On my walks I learn lots of things and I often meet interesting people. Walking over a bridge I saw several strings hanging down over the bridge. I wondered what that was. A man, standing at the side of the bridge lowered another string. He was crab fishing. He had eight lines he fished. On the end of the string was a mesh basket he'd put bait into. When the crab climbed into the basket to get the bait, the top would close and catch the crab. As I was talking to the fisherman trying to learn more, he paused for a moment and then told me the story of how he held the record for catching the second largest crab in Hawaii. He showed me the spot on the bridge where he caught the crab. It was on Dec. 23, 2013. Now he is trying to break the record again before the New Year. I think he said his crab was almost 7 pounds. The current record is at 13 pounds. That's one HUGE crab.
Another morning, I was drinking coffee at McDonald's. A family on vacation sat at the next table and I got to listen to their conversation. They were talking about all the places they had visited on this trip. They went to New York. The boy said his favorite thing there was when they went to Broadway and to the Statue of Liberty. The went to Washington and the boy liked the Lincoln Memorial. Every where they went the boy had a good memory of the place. It got me to thinking about all the places we visit. Where have you been recently? It doesn't have to be exotic. It could be your own home town, your school, the library, the grocery store, even Grandma's counts. Now can you take one of the locations and write your own poem? Make this fun. I'm already thinking about a poem about my drug store. WOW! There are a lot of fun things in that store. Have fun writing your poem.