Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about something you see in these pictures!

Recess! Oh, Recess!

Recess! Oh, Recess!
We love you! You rule!
You keep us away
from the teachers in school.
Your swings are refreshing.
Your slides are the best.
You give us a break
from a really hard test.

Recess! Oh, Recess!
We want you to know,
you’re sweeter than syrup,
you’re special like snow.
You don’t assign homework.
You make the day fun.
You let us play kickball
and run in the sun.


Recess! Oh, Recess!
You’re first on our list.
We’d be in despair
if you didn’t exist.
We’re happy we have you.
You’re awesome and cool.
Recess! Oh, Recess!

We love you! You rule!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)
This is a poem from Darren’s book,
Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie


The better we eat, the better we feel!

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Stuffed

I stuffed it with clementines, apples, and grapes.
I stuffed it with mangos and berries.
I stuffed it with raisins (in all different shapes),
along with bananas and cherries.
My parents flipped out when they saw what I did.
They called me outrageous and quirky.
I had no idea that a mischievous kid
could be grounded for stuffing a turkey.
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)



Totally Stuffed

I stuffed it with necklaces, watches, and rings,
three aces, a jack, and a couple of kings,
my grandfather’s golf balls, the keys to the car,
and ten dollar bills that I found in a jar.
My parents flipped out when they saw what I did.
They called me a brat and a mischievous kid.
They said I was grounded for acting so quirky,
while carelessly stuffing their thanksgiving turkey.
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Do You Salsa in the Shower?

Do you Salsa in the shower?
Do you Disco in your den?
Do you Boogie in your bedroom?
Is your Twist a perfect 10?

Do you do the Mashed Potato
when you’re cooking up a storm?
Are the Butterfly and Bunny Hop
fun dances to perform?

Do you Shimmy, Shake, and Shuffle
on your lawn on Friday night?
Do the Jitterbug and Foxtrot
fill your heart with pure delight?

Do you like the Hokey Pokey?
Do you Square Dance with your pets?
Do you Mambo and Fandango
in a pair of purple sweats?

Would you Tap Dance on a table?
Would you Moonwalk on the moon?
Would you do the Irish Step Dance

with a leprechaun balloon?

Can you Limbo under lumber?

Do you Dougie in the sea?
Well, whatever kind of dance you do,
Please save the last for me!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


The Snowetry Poman

​(Artwork by Pam Catapano)

Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about a word that rhymes with pie!

I Blew Up a Mountain

I blew up a mountain, a forest, a lake,
a llama, a duck, and a gnu.


I blew up a fifty, a twenty, a ten,
a hundred, a one, and a two.

I blew up a dragon, a wizard, a gnome,
and characters seen in cartoons.


The customers gave me some really good tips
for blowing up all these balloons!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Imagine

Imagine an ocean with rectangle fish.
Imagine a strawberry sky.
Imagine a walrus who grants every wish.
Imagine a school that can fly.

Imagine a bear in a bicycle tree.
Imagine volcanoes that sing.
Imagine a field with invisible grass.
Imagine giraffes on a swing.

Imagine a geyser that shoots lemonade.
Imagine a chocolate balloon.
Imagine a parakeet, puppy, and pig
painting pies on a polka dot moon.

Imagine a toy that you’d like to create.
Imagine a character, too.
Imagine a word that your ears never heard.
Imagine the things you can do!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Poems by Darren Sardelli

You Drive Me Bananas!

You’re the syrup on my pancakes.
You’re the flavor in my shake.
You’re the sprinkles on my ice cream.
You’re the icing on my cake.

You’re the butter on my popcorn.
You’re the peaches in my pie.
You’re the cherries in my soda.
You’re the apple of my eye.

You’re the raisins in my cookie.
You’re the bubble in my gum.
You’re the jelly in my doughnut.
You’re the sugar in my plum.

You’re the toppings on my pizza.
You’re the honey in my tea
I’m the ham that’s nuts about you—
You’re the curly fry for me!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


A Gorfatope

A Gorfatope was walking
with a Garple and a Glug.
They met a Nefty Norfal
with a knimble on his knug.

The Nefty Norfal asked them
if his nepular was norf.
The Gorfatope and Garple said,
“It’s ooking like an orf!”

The Nefty Norfal scratched his nip
and glippered at the Glug.
He asked her if she’d meet him
at The Zip and Zurple Zug.

The gliggled Glug responded
with a guzzle and a glurp,
and now the 2 are married
with a Blipp that loves to blurp!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Poetry is a great way to express yourself!

Creativity Challenge - Make up a new word, give it a definition, draw a picture of it, and use your new word in a poem!

There Was an Old Woman

There was an old woman who lay in a hammock.
A gust of wind blew and she started to panic.
It spun her around on that hot afternoon.
She’s now tangled up in a hammock cocoon!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Twenty Bucks

When I asked dad for twenty bucks,
he said, “Let’s make a deal.
I’ll give you money only if
you eat a healthy meal.”
I found him sitting on the couch
before I went to bed.
I looked into his tired eyes
and this is what I said:
“I finished all my vegetables!
The carrots tasted great!
I ate the piece of celery
that mom put on my plate.
The eggplant was delicious
and the string beans were divine.
The peppers were fantastic
and the broccoli was fine.
The giant baked potato
was the highlight of my night.
The juicy red tomato
filled my belly with delight.”
My dad said he was proud of me
and handed me the cash.
I hope he doesn’t find out
all this food is in the trash!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


The Ghost of Mrs. Rose


In an old, abandoned lunchroom
in a dark, deserted school,
with a kitchen full of cobwebs,
where the air is damp and cool,
lives a cold and creepy lady
with spaghetti on her clothes.
She’s the one who served the lunches.
She’s the ghost of Mrs. Rose.

Now, I never thought a lady
could be vicious, mean, or cruel,
till I heard the awful stories
of the things she did in school.
She’d make students eat their veggies
and the meatloaf on their plate
and would gladly serve them seconds
when they finished what they ate.

She made sure that every student
washed their hands before a meal
and suggested fish and liver
would improve the way they feel.
She would keep them off the playground
if they didn’t clean their mess
and would often give them lectures
on the proper way to dress.

There were days she’d make them listen
to the stories in the news,
and she’d check for sloppy laces
on their sneakers and their shoes.
She was known for blowing whistles
when a student tried to nap
and insisted messy eaters
kept a napkin on their lap.

There are many spooky stories
’bout the things she used to do.
She reminded every student
that they shouldn’t talk and chew.
If a lady in your lunchroom
is a nuisance or a pest,
please be on your best behavior

’cause she just might be possessed!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)
This is a poem from Darren’s book,
Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie


Dr. Invention

Dr. Invention invented a light
that helps people see in the dark.
He also invented a merry-go-round
that spins round and round in the park.

He found a new way to catch fish in the bay
by tying a hook to a string.
He thought it was nice when he built a device
that lets you record when you sing.

Dr. Invention has many ideas.
He writes them all down in his books.
He plans to invent a triangular tent
as well as an oven that cooks.

His soda machine is a scientist’s dream
and his candles are strawberry scented.
I hate to inform him, but I have to warn him—
These things were already invented!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Special Pets


A kangaroo is jumping
on the ceiling in my room.
A mouse is on my pillowcase—
She’s sweeping with a broom.
The elephants are basking
in a basket full of clothes.
There’s even tiny turtles
making tacos on my toes.

A dog is dodging dodge balls
by the windows on my wall.
A cat is playing cricket
on the bottom of a ball.
The dolphins in my dresser drawer
are dressed in purple slickers.
I asked my mom for special pets—
Instead I got these stickers!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about someone in your school!

This poem is for entertainment purposes only. I'd never encourage anyone to throw food away. 

Award Winning Poet and Author, Darren Sardelli

Poems That Teach, Inspire, and Set Imaginations On Fire!!!

Artwork by Pam Catapano

* Click on the title of the poem to see a picture of Dr. Invention

Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about a word that rhymes with snow!

Hello poetry and non-poetry fans! Welcome to Darren Sardelli's Poems Page. Feel free to share these poems with your friends, family members, pen pals, pets, principals, teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, lunch ladies, coaches, teammates, and anyone else you know!


You can put these poems to music, sing them in the shower, rap them with your friends, write them in your notebooks, and come up with illustrations for the poems that speak to you. If you get a good idea while reading Darren's poems, feel free to write a poem of your own. 


— The Snowetry Poman


Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about your favorite animal!

School Supplies


The pencils think they’re popular.
The folders think they’re cool,
but the 12 inch wooden rulers
are the rulers of the school.
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


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Erasing the Board

I thought my teacher would be proud
when I erased the board.
I thought she’d say, “Terrific Job!”
and give me a reward.
I thought the students in my class
would smile, clap, and cheer.
I never thought the chalkboard
would completely disappear.
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)
A poem from Darren’s book,
Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie


Write down all of your ideas!

One idea can change your life and change the world!

You're terrific! You're amazing!

You're incredible! You're cool!

You're phenomenal, fantastic,

and you absolutely rule!!!


by Darren Sardelli

Instead Of

Instead of an apple or turkey on rye,
I’d rather eat crickets or swallow a fly.
A fly is nutritious. It makes me feel great.
I love eating flies when I’m out on a date.
I don’t like spaghetti. I don’t care for fish.
Just serve me a handful of flies on a dish.
I’ll eat them in weather that’s muggy or foggy—
it’s great to be me – I’m a fly loving froggy!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


I Woke Up This Morning

I woke up this morning
with food on my head—
a bubblegum sandwich,
a candy cane sled,
a polka dot pizza,
a bicycle cake,
a boomerang pretzel,
a xylophone shake,
a rainbow banana,
a lollipop wreath,
a lavender apple,
a lemon with teeth,
a butterscotch trumpet,
a licorice cat—
I love the designs
on this really cool hat!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be and why?

Believe in yourself!

You can do anything you set your mind to!

Creativity Challenge - Illustrate this poem!

Poetry Challenge - Write a poem about your favorite holiday!

Life is meant to be enjoyed...

​So keep on dancing!

The Pigs Are On A Pirate Ship

The pigs are on a pirate ship.
The sheep are baking bread.
The horses and the baby chicks
are jumping on a bed.
The bulls are in a bubble bath.
The cows are playing bridge.
I’m glad my parents purchased
all these magnets for our fridge!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)


Creativity Challenge - Illustrate this poem!

I Never

I never put my things away.
I never dust my room.
I never fix the things I break.
I never use a broom.
I never take the garbage out.
I never buy the food.
I never get embarrassed
when a person calls me rude.
I never clean the table tops.
I never scrub the floors.
I never turn the TV off.
I never lock the doors.
I never wash the dinner plates.
I never say a word.
I never knew that life would be
so easy for a bird!

Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)