Jump in Puddles!

By: Vina Vo

On this rainy Saturday I sit inside
With nothing interesting to do
I dream of monkey bars and fast moving slides
Of skies sunny and blue

But blue is how I feel today
My spirit down in the dumps
With nothing more to really say
I might as well just have the mumps

The TV is on, but nothing is on
Morning cartoons have already passed
I wish the rain would just be gone
So I can go play outside at last

But then I get the brilliant plan
As I see mud puddles right outside
I could go outdoors and jump around
Maybe even lay on my belly and slide

Happily I dance in the rain
And hop in brown wet pools
My clothes begin to stain
And my body becomes real cool

Dad hollers for me to come indoors
For I will get a cold
I drag the wetness to the floors
And my, does my dad scold

The next day the sun came out
Warm, blue and bright
But I stay in and just pout
Because I got really sick that night

Inspired by: Neil Degrasse Tyson

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Okay, nothing thing—so if it’s raining out, there’s a big puddle—what do you want to do with that puddle?

Girl: Jump in it.

Tyson: You wanna jump in it… so do you parents let you jump in it?

Girl: Y-no.

Tyson: Well tell your parents Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson said you should jump in the puddle.


Beach Day!

Sand through my toes
Sunshine on my face
I love going to the beach
It is my favorite place

Sounds of ocean waves crashing
And seagulls overhead
I am so glad that I am here
And not  inside instead

I like playing in the water
And making sand castles on shore
And if I get hungry for a snack
I can make delicious s’mores

My least favorite part
Is having to leave for the day
I would stay here forever
If I had it my way


Back-to-School Blues

I remember when I was a kid, I dreaded the end of summer. It meant waking up early, doing homework, less TV, and sitting for hours. Now that I’ve been out of school for a few years, I kind of miss the feeling of dreading the end of summer, since summer is now just a season and not a holiday.

In honor of many students starting school again, I wanted to post one of my children’s poems which is apart of a greater collection of children’s poems. You can read more here in my writing section. Please pass it along to all your brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, or friends who may be experiencing a bit of the blues.


Illustrated by Charlene (Cookie) Pham