A poem a day

My 10 year old daughter Amy is very good at writing poems. That’s true, at least in this mom’s mind.

I think I am not exaggerating. She actually won the 1st place for her poetry collection at the Minnesota State Fair two years in the row, in 2009 and again this year,

Each time we selected 100 poems out of her 300-400 poems written during the year and made it into a poetry collection for the Minnesota State Fair contest.

The amazing thing about Amy is she can write poems really fast. It hardly take her any time to think. If she wants to, she can come up with a short poem in a minute or two.

But the problem is she doesn’t always want to write poems. She would rather read books.

For several months since this summer Amy didn’t write poems. I got concerned. I really wanted her to continue writing and practicing the art.

So at the beginning of last month in November, I made a suggestion to Amy. I asked her to write a poem every day and email it to me. She loves checking her email and thought it was a good idea.

The next day, she started sending me her poem via email, one every day.

It has been fun to receive her poem every day. It’s a daily ritual now between us.

We also created a blog for her to keep her poems. She just wanted to keep the blog private for herself. Hope some day she will feel comfortable to share it with others.

I want to share one poem she wrote last week that I thought was quite hilarious and funny. It made me laugh.

Santa Claus
by Amy Guo
On Christmas Eve
I saw a dude
Come into my house
And steal my food.
My mom put it on the table
I really don’t know why
But that fat guy stole it
And food costs money to buy.
He came down our chimney
And went back up that way
Next time he comes
He’s going to have to pay!

A poet in the making

My daughter Amy prefers writing poems than doing the dishes or playing piano.

Today when I asked her to wash the dishes after dinner, she asked: "Can I write five poems instead of washing the dishes?"

She hadn’t written any poems lately. I would like to see her doing that again. So I said OK.

Later when she was playing piano, she asked: "Can I write 15 poems instead of playing piano?"

Again I said OK.

So she wrote over 10 poems today.

I am always amazed by how fast she can think of a poem. She definitely has a natural talent in writing poems.

Here are two of them: 


                                  Adventurous, fun

                           Intersting, exciting, inspiring

                         Words, pages, pencils, erasers

                          Drafting, editing, publishing

                                    Fun, awesome


I heard a ring

It was the phone

But I didn’t answer

Because I was home alone.

Some of her poems that won the 2009 Minnesota State Fair are available here.

All I Want for Christmas – a poem challenge

The other day I gave my 9 year old daughter Amy a challenge.

“Let’s each write a poem titled ‘All I Want for Christmas.’ The only requirement is you can’t ask for stuff. See who can write a better poem.”

The following two poems are the results of that challenge. Be the judge and let us know which poem you like better.

Don’t be shy telling me the truth. I won’t feel bad or lose self-confidence if you think Amy’s poem is better. I already know that she can write better poems than I do. Otherwise she couldn’t have won the first place for her poetry collection at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. Some of her winning poems are posted on my blog.

Please feel free to send me comments and suggestions so we can improve our poems.

Here is a challenge for you:

Please send me your “All I Want for Christmas” poem in the comment section. Maybe at the end of December 2009 or January 2010, we will pick a winner. My daughter or the public can be the judge. I will invite the winner to coffee. How about that?  


All I Want for Christmas
©Qin Tang

All I want for Christmas is
A home full of laughter and love
A mother who is caring and compassionate
A father who is fun and forgiving
A husband who is truthful and trustworthy
A son who is handsome and handy
A daughter who is sweet and surrendering.

All I want for Christmas is
A circle of fun friends
A relationship that is intimate and interesting
A soul-mate who connects and cares
A friend who is honest and humorous
A neighbor who shares and supports
A colleague who is awesome and above.

All I want for Christmas is
A body that is healthy and harmonious
A brain that is sharp and smart
A hand that writes and works
A mouth that speaks words of wisdom
An eye that sees the invisible and impossible.
An ear that hears the silent sound.

All I want for Christmas is
A mind that is curious and creative
A soul that is gentle and generous
A heart that is tender and tough
A spirit that is eternal and everlasting
An attitude that is giving and grateful
A faith that is strong and secure.

All I want for Christmas is
A job that provides salary and satisfaction
A book that is informative and inspiring
A garden that is beautiful and bountiful
A walk that refreshes and reenergizes
A gift that comes from the heart and heaven
A self that is clothed in humbleness and humility

All I want for Christmas is
A life that knows no pride and prejudice
A life that is simple and serene
A life that is independent and intentional
A life that is joyful and just
A life that is balanced and blessed
A life that is about love, learning and legacy

All I want for Christmas is
A Past without regrets and remorse
A Present with peace and purpose
A Future with happiness and hope.


All I want for Christmas
©Amy Guo

All I want for Christmas is
A house full of joy
Some happiness and love
And maybe one little toy.

All I want for Christmas is
A lot of friends
And a loving kind family
That will be with you till it ends.