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The Daily Prompt – April 22 – Children’s Poetry


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.


The Prompt:

Write an 8 line poem in the style of Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

2 comments on “The Daily Prompt – April 22 – Children’s Poetry

  1. Carole Chase
    April 22, 2014

    I’m Hortensia Hufflehop
    I own Hufflehop’s Pets Galore
    There are animals in my little shop
    Not found in other stores.
    One hundred and one unusual pets
    In the shop at the end of the block
    You’ll surely be amazed when
    You see what I have in stock.

    I’ve got…

    Polka-dotted pythons
    With fancy feathered hats
    They’re coiled in the cage beside
    The microscopic bats

    If a kitty cat is more your style
    I’ve got plenty of those, too…
    With giant teeth that nibble your feet
    Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    There’s moles, mice, lizards, and lice
    Lice? Yes, that’s what I said
    They do a tap dance with red fire ants
    On top of a lion’s head.

    How about a gerbil giraffe?
    At ten dollars, it’s a steal.
    His furry neck is three miles long…
    I hope you have room for his wheel!

    I’ve got skunks that sing
    And dogs with wings
    And worms with paws
    And fish with claws
    Rabbits that read
    And yodeling frogs
    And ferocious, precocious,
    Atrocious hogs.

    I’m Hortensia Hufflehop
    I own Hufflehop’s Pets Galore
    I’m always looking for new pets…
    How’d YOU like to be in my store?

  2. Tahlia
    April 22, 2014

    You were just day zero when we met you
    Nine months we had waited that is true
    Your toes were pink and so was your nose
    And everyone asked the name that we chose
    It was so hard to decide you were so perfectly cute
    A name that would fit and perfectly suit
    So the name that we chose is the same as Grand Pappy
    With a wish our dear boy, that you’ll always be happy.

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