Archive for the ‘Poetry for Kids’ Category

Henny Henny Penny

May 22, 2021








Henny Henny Penny says
“The sky is falling down
Pack up everything you got
And get out of town”

Henny Henny Penny says
“It’s never been this bad
The world is off its rocker
And everyone is mad”

Henny Henny Penny says
“Life don’t make no sense
I need a load of bricks
To build a bigger fence”

Henny Henny Penny says
“Never go outside
It’s a crazy crazy world
So find a place to hide”

Henny Henny Penny says
“Protect your mental health
You don’t want to go crazy
Like everybody else”

By Richard W. Bray

I’ll Keep Being Me

April 3, 2021

You don’t want to rock the boat
You always fall in line
It’s easy to fit in
When you never have a spine

I’ll keep being me
With my kooky company

The nerdy misfit freakshow
And our crazy crackpot crew
The weirdo wacko zany ones
Just doing what we do

Do what other people do
Affirming the consensus
Eliminate what makes you true
Until you lose your senses

I’ll keep being me
With my kooky company

The nerdy misfit freakshow
And our crazy crackpot crew
The weirdo wacko zany ones
Just doing what we do

By Richard W. Bray

rumble dumble day

February 19, 2021

Rumble dumble day
Go outside and play
The sun is shining bright
Bask in your delight

Wimble wamble wee
Investigate a tree
Run around till dark
Explore your local park

Dimble damble door
Open up your pores
Listen to the world
It sings to boys and girls

By Richard W. Bray

Birds Gotta Swim

August 23, 2020

Even a theory requires some facts, Captain
Commander Spock

Fish gotta swim
Birds gotta fly
A penguin is a fish
There’s an ostrich in the sky

The sky is blue
Cuz it’s jealous of the sea
Doggie says bark
Cuz he’s looking for a tree

Zebra, bongo, tiger
Bumblebee and marlin
Grew some pretty stripes
To dazzle their darlin’

They say a clock’s wise
And time marches on
But as soon as time happens
It’s already gone

The cow never jumped
Higher than the moon
Cows don’t jump at all—
It was a kangaroo

Sometimes I wonder
What’s it all about?
But things are pretty simple
When you figure ‘em out

by Richard W.  Bray

all the rythms of life

September 26, 2019

So it is in life—from sun, to moon, to earth, to night, to day, to you getting up in the morning and going out to play a game of ball. All the rhythms of life are in some way related, one to another.
Langston Hughes, The First Book of Rhythm

That basketball was like a basketball to me.
Basketball Jones

I toss it in the air
And sometimes it goes in
I share it with my friends
And get it back again

Shooting hoops alone
I’m never in a hurry
It’s easy to be me
Pretending I’m Steph Curry

Playing all day long
Till every muscle hurts
Pounding on the asphalt
Till we’re covered up in dirt

by Richard W. Bray

Play

August 3, 2019

Parents used to tell their kids
Just go outside and play
Now they’re scared to let them out
We lock them up all day

Parents used to give their kids
Active, sporty toys
A set of blocks, a rubber ball
For healthy girls and boys

Get outside and move around
Every boy and girl
Engage your body and your mind
And feel this living world

By Richard W. Bray

I’m just gonna be me

June 1, 2019

I like to eat a sandwich
With pickles and sardines
I step on every crack
And my room is never clean

You got a picture in your head
The guy I’m sposed to be
I don’t care what anybody says
I’m just gonna be me

I wear my jammies all day long
I sleep in a tuxedo
Take me out to dinner
And I’ll wear my brand new Speedos

A body needs some freedom
Wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t care what anybody says
I’m just gonna be me

Nobody should believe
What everybody knows
All the grownups bow to kings
Who don’t have any clothes

You got a picture in your head
The guy I’m sposed to be
I don’t care what anybody says
I’m just gonna be me

By Richard W. Bray

Hello Hello

May 4, 2019

Hello Hello
It’s nice to me you
I’m such a happy little girl
That’s my mommy
That’s my grandpa
It’s a happy sunshine world

I hope somebody loves you
Are you lucky
Just like me?
Everybody
Should be happy
I love everyone I see

by Richard W. Bray

sparkle

March 30, 2019

everybody has a sparkle
light is what we are
every atom in your body
grew up inside a star

everybody has a sparkle
it isn’t hard to see
everybody’s got a dream
who they wanna be

folks who got a broken sparkle
damaged in the head
they want to kill your sparkle
cuz all their dreams are dead

do you know somebody
who’s angry sad and mean?
their figure barely sparkles
like a busted old machine?

gotta feed your sparkle
gotta nurture others too
gotta love your neighbor
to be the best you

by Richard W. Bray

The Power of Poco a Poco

March 28, 2019

A. Philip Randolph


The power of poco a poco
To get out of bed every day
The haters keep saying you’re loco
Step by step you keep going your way

The power of poco a poco
You fix your eyes and organize for years
The haters keep saying you’re loco
Then one day a brand new way appears

The power of poco a poco
The power of effort and time
The power of people together
The beauty of the hill is the climb

by Richard W. Bray