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, April 13, 2018


There are so many things to celebrate today.
Happy Spring.
Happy Poetry  Friday.
Happy National Poetry Month.

And Happy Birthday to Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Today is Lee's birthday
Let him take a bow
As Hawaiians wish him
hau'oli la hanau

Trade winds blowing
across the islands
Orchids growing
for lei in garlands

We watch the hula
with hips that sway
they're here to wish you

What do you have planned for the weekend?  I am going to an orchid show.  I'm also meeting with a group of women on Sunday to draw flowers.  
Can you try drawing a picture and writing a poem about what you are doing this weekend?  Have fun writing.

Art is not what you see but what you make others see.--Edward Degas 

The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Robyn Hood Black on her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge, this week.  Check out her post for more children's poetry. Thanks Robyn for hosting a GREAT party.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Morning

Kauai sunrise from the Homesteads 2018


all yellow
and pink

bird cries
my eyes
and blink

down to
the stream

Not sure
I want
to wake
from this

Happy Good Friday.  I hope it is a poetry day for you.  I wrote this poem  when I looked out my window and saw the cows meandering over the hill.  The egrets had left their perch in the top of the mango tree to travel with them.  I know it is going to be a good day, even though there are predictions of rain this whole Easter weekend.  It did strike me how many of my poems start with a small observation--usually about the weather.  What is the weather like at your place?  Can you write a poem today about a small observation you make?  Have fun writing.

Right now an opportunity appears, make the best of it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fairy Wings

There are fairies in my garden,
and I even have the proof.
I stopped to pick a flower
and then I heard a p o o f.

There beneath the flower--
the strangest of things,
a tiny, little fairy
had left her fairy wings. 

   If you find fairy wings in your garden, you get to make a wish.  What would you wish for?  Can you write a poem about wishes, or making a wish?  Have fun writing.

You have the power to make this an amazing day.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Poetry Friday

Our weather this last week has been fantastic.  On Wednesday I went to McBride Gardens on the south side of the island for the opening of their new canoe garden featuring all the plants that were brought to the island by canoe.

I did learn two interesting facts:

The Hawaiian islands are the most remote islands in the world.  They are the farthest away from another land mass.  I'd never thought about that before.  But, just finding our islands by boat must have been a great accomplishment for early travelers who only had the stars to guide them.

Hawaii has had more plants and animals go extinct here than any other place in the US.  This is why gardens and nature preserves are so important.

There was a blessing of the garden.

Here is a poem I wrote about my experiences this week.


Fog blooms on my window pane.
Silver dew laces upon the hill.
Rainbows where there once was rain,
Finding myself by being still.

A rooster crows down the lane.
Wrens perch on a mango bough,
Living fully, but not in vain,
Living my life in the here and now.

What have you done this week?  What have you learned?  Can you try writing your own poem about something you've experienced this week.  Have fun.

It is Poetry Friday.  You can find more poetry at the Poetry Friday Round Up hosted by Kay McGriff  at A Journey Through the Pages  this week?  Thanks you Kay, for hosting us all.