A Forest Faraway – A poem by Little Poet Zain Alqudah, age 7

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There is a forest faraway

i wish i can visit everyday.

To see Mr.Lion and Mr.Tiger

i wish to play with no anger.

And Miss Giraffe, i climbed her neck

and slid down again because i feel sick.

Mr. Zebra i have never seen him,

hiding behind grass looking like him.

Miss slithery snake,i dont like her

she has a strong hug i dont want to share.

I really like the forest but i prefer my home

to play with my sister and hug my mom.

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A Postcard Poem – Wish You Were Here

I just discovered a poet named Spike Milligan. Apparently, he’s quite famous although I had not heard of him. He was a British comedian and is ranked the 40th on Poem Hunter’s Top 500 Poets List. If you like Edward Lear, Roald Dahl, and Lewis Carroll, you are sure to enjoy Spike Milligan. His nonsense poems will take you on a vacation in your mind.

On the Ning Nang Nong

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can’t catch ‘em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

Go North, South, East, and West, Young Man

Drake is going west, lads
So Tom is going East
But tiny Fred
Just lies in bed,
The lazy little beast.

Summer has started for everyone and many of our Little Poets are on vacation. Write a poem about your vacation, real or imaginary, as if you are writing to a friend back home. Find a picture for your postcard and post it on the Little Poets facebook page.

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Day 31 – Spoonerisms – A Fery Punny Voem (a very funny poem)

Have you ever heard of a spoonerism? No, it isn’t when you stick a spoon on your nose and pose for the camera, but it is just as funny.  Spoonerisms are phrases, sentences, or words in language with swapped sounds. Usually this happens by accident, particularly if you’re speaking fast. The name Spoonerism comes from the Reverend William Archibald Spooner who is reputed to have been particularly prone to making this type of verbal slip.

Listen to the story of  The Pee Little Thrigs and you will soon know exactly what I’m talking about.

Shel Silverstein wrote an entire book of spoonerisms called Runny Babbitt. The page that keeps my family most entertained is Runny’s Rittle Leminders. Take a moment to figure them out before you sit down and write your own spoonerism poem. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go shake a tower. When I’m shout of the hour I’ll write a poem at the lead of spite that will tickle your bunny phone. Eye ball.

Day 30 – A Juicy Word Poem – Now with words so real you can taste them!

Juicy words – adding their aroma, their flavor, their stickiness, their color to poems everywhere. We can’t wait to hear them.

Today we take our cue for a poem from a Little Poet who learned about juicy words at school recently. What is a juicy word? It’s a word that gives us a vivid description.

You want to talk about something that is white? Tell us how white it is. Maybe it’s vanilla, maybe it’s frosty cold white, maybe it’s so white your eyes burn at its sight.

Juicy words paint a picture in our minds. Juicy words give us a deeper meaning.

Pick something to write about. Look up pictures online or in books or get that thing right there in front of you and describe it to us. Tell us what it looks like, how it tastes, what kind of sounds it might make, make us reach out and touch it with your words. We want to smell it! Write your poem and if you can include a picture, a drawing, or a photo, it will be all the better! Make us want to reach out and pick it off the tree and eat it up! No, it doesn’t have to be food, but the point is make us want to feel with all our senses what it is you feel about it.

Day 22 – Irony and the Punchline in Poetry

In today’s poem, we shall use three new terms: Irony, Reminiscing, and Punchline.

Irony is when spoken or written words have the opposite from their meaning.  An example of irony can be found in Louis Sacher‘s story Holes. Stanley Yelnats was excited to get to go to Camp Greenlake. When he got there he found out that it was indeed not a camp and there was no lake. Alanis Morissette‘s song Ironic is full of examples of irony.

Reminiscing is indulging in enjoyable recollection of past events. In simpler words, it means thinking about the good old days, remembering the best things that happened in your life. Today my daughter joined the two when on the way to school she said how she missed KG2 (kindergarten). Things were so much better then. The irony to this statement is that she is only in first grade! KG2 was just last year.

The next term we will use in today’s poem is the punchline. Wikipedia summed it up with a nice definition: A punchline is the final part of a joke, comedy sketch, or profound statement, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny or to provoke laughter or thought from listeners. Few punchlines are inherently funny out of context, but when a comedian sets up the premise and builds up the audience’s expectations, the punch line can function as the climactic part of the act.

Where did this word punchline come from? It’s a mystery to some, but others believe that it came from a character from a puppet show called Punch and Judy. That final line of a joke is meant to be delivered in the same way that Punch delivered his slapstick blows on the characters in the puppet show.

Watch the irony in the following clip from G.I.Blues, a movie with Elvis Presley. It is ironic to see Elvis singing a love song to a puppet. Watch the clip until the end to see the punchline.

Now it is time to put all three of these terms into action. Write a poem reminiscing of things and at the end of the poem deliver the ironic punchline that shows that it was something that just happened recently.

Day 15 – From Weird Al to Weird Alice everyone loves a parody.

On a daily basis, my kids and I poke fun at songs on the radio by changing up the lyrics. Our most recent one would be banned from the kiddies’ ears except that they have found a clever way to self censor. I’ll tell you our lyrics because I can’t even say what they say out loud. Every time it comes on they sing something different - I’m hungry and I know it. I’m (insert your name here) and I know it. Or the totally ludicrous because it really is nonsense I’m Pepsi and I know it. Good rhyming skills, Layali! This gets followed by I got fashion  in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it.

In writing, this is called a parody. It’s fun, relatively easy and highly entertaining. You know you’ve succeeded in writing a good one when people start singing it over the original when it comes on the radio. Everyone’s favorite parodist (that’s a real word, I looked it up) has got to be Weird Al. He has recorded 170 parodies of tunes everyone knows. The first one I remember hearing was Another One Rides the Bus to the tune of Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust. My kids love I’m Fat which makes fun of Michael Jackson’s Bad. He is so popular that people make parody videos of his parody songs like Couch Potato, his version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself. 

But Weird Al is far from the first too popularize the parody. All of the poems found in Alice in Wonderland are actually parodies of poems that children were required to read and memorize in school. Lewis Carroll delighted his young readers by poking fun of the rhymes they were assigned to read with lighter, more humorous versions. Here is an example:

The Bat
Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea-tray in the sky.

I’m certain that I don’t have to tell you the original from which this rhyme came. If you don’t know it, I suggest you go back to kindergarten.

Now it’s your turn. Pick a song or a poem that you like, or maybe one you don’t like. Create your own parody of it. If you need more help, check out this link from ehow.com entitled How to Create a Parody Poem for Kids. After you’ve written your parody, post it in the comments or on the Little Poets facebook page. But first, check out MY parody from the karaoke finale of Shrek.

Sing along to my parody of Shrek!

Day 14 – The Dog Did Not Eat My Homework Poem

You wake up this morning after you’ve hit the snooze button twice already. You put on your clothes and look for your socks. It’s late. All you can find are one blue sock and one red sock so you put them on. Then you realize as you are stuffing your books into your backpack that you didn’t finish your homework. Oh no. This is the second time this week and your hand still hurts from writing “I will not forget to do my homework” 100 times on the whiteboard. It’s time to think fast. You must convince your teacher that it wasn’t your fault that you didn’t do your homework. 

After three semesters of not always finishing your homework, you know three things about your teacher.

  1. She listens to you longer when you use lots of interesting adjectives.
  2. She likes compound sentences.
  3. She loves the number 3.

You have a plan. You are going to write her a poem that explains just why you didn’t finish your homework. Remember a compound sentence is two simple sentences  connected by words like and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. Give her three good reasons why you didn’t finish your homework. Don’t forget to use adjectives that will take her mind off of your bad habit of not turning in your work on time. And oh yes, she hates plagiarizing, so don’t use this poem:

My Dog Ate My Homework

My dog ate my homework.
That mischievous pup
got hold of my homework
and gobbled it up.

My dog ate my homework.
It’s gonna be late.
I guess that the teacher
will just have to wait.

My dog ate my homework.
He swallowed it whole.
I shouldn’t have mixed it
with food in his bowl.

–Kenn Nesbitt

Day 12 – Happy Belated Teacher Appreciation Week and A Diamante Poem

I just found out that  Teacher Appreciation Week ended yesterday. If you were to write a poem to a teacher that you appreciate, I am certain your teacher would appreciate that poem. So let’s give it a try. Today’s poem is called a diamante, or diamond, and was created by a teacher named Iris Tiedt. So you could say that today’s poem is of the teacher, by the teacher and for the teacher.  The diamante is a seven-line, diamond-shaped poem in this form:

Line 1: noun or subject, one word

Line 2: two adjectives describing the subject

Line 3: three words ending in -ing relating to the subject.

Line 4: two words describing the subject and two words describing its opposite

Line 5: three words ending in -ing relating to the opposite

Line 6 two words describing the opposite of the subject

Line 7 one word opposite of Line 1

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Here is an example that I really like:

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Rain by Maanasa

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Raindrops

Wet, plump,

Slipping, Sliding, Splashing

= === Here comes the rainbow ====

Playing, Dancing, Singing

Warm, bright,

Sun rays

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You might want your first word to be teacher and the last word to be student. Whatever you do, write something that would be meaningful for your teacher. Click on the picture below to write your own diamante poem. When you are done you can print it out to give to your teacher.  Don’t forget to share it with us either by commenting or by posting it on the Little Poets facebook group.