Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Kids' poetry - Nesdoly

Coon Zoo Lullaby

Come men, if you dare
just jab a date
for a coon zoo tour
don’t be late.

We’ll see toad and tiger
in creature jail
and worms that are leaner
than slime of snail.

For additional fees
(don’t riot the price)
you can jut x-rays
—just be nice

when you query the gait
of the turtle hare.
Will you fill the pail
of his dinnerware?

Waste the lid of nips?
Ha, the day has fled.
Pin the cog of hex
and it’s off to bed.

Your sad looks — Why?
For they rang the bell.
You about to cry?
That’s the matin’s knell

and the painted orb
is the eve of moon
close your eyes, sweet babe
for the day is done.

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

If you live with young kids, or perhaps teach them, you'll recognize the above ditty as something in the genre of children's nonsense poems. I wrote it a few weeks ago, all Glynis's fault when she posted a list of words on our Inscribe forum with the challenge to write a story using each and every one. I challenged myself to write a poem.

If you read poems to children or write them, you'll know they are fun, lively, and as varied as the people who compose them.

Interested in finding out more? Why don't you check out Poetry Friday—a weekly meme that links kid-lit writers' blog posts of original poems and writing about poetry all in one place. I guarantee that Poetry Friday will teach you a lot about the state of children's poetry these days, while it introduces you to some of its movers and shakers.

Here is last week's Poetry Friday.
Here is a list of hosting sites for Poetry Fridays until the end of December 2011.

Happy poeming!


Website: www.violetnesdoly.com


Peter Black said...

I enjoyed your poem; it made me smile. While reading, my old brain trying desperately to make some sense of it, I thought, hmm, Violet did say this is a children's poem; it's got be a nonsense poem! Phew --I'm much relieved :)
My first encounter with one was in elementary school -- Lear's famous "The Owl and the Pussycat."

violet said...

Thanks, Peter! Hope this wasn't too much of a stretch.

I love the playfulness of children's poetry.

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