Intermediate Poems

Intermediate poems are designed for children who are capable of reading independently.
These poems average 100 words and often contain play-on-words (puns and idioms).
But, don’t worry…
If any of these puns and idioms go over your head (man, I really like idioms!), that’s OK!
In the appendix of each book are explanations of these play-on-words.
Below are three sample intermediate poems.



The lemons are sour. The cherries aren’t sweet.

And the eggs in this bowl? They’re upset ‘cause

they’re beat.

All the apples are crabby. The onions look stewed.

The potatoes are grating. They’re in a bad mood.

While the fruits and the veggies do angrily vent

Several peaches close by look relaxed and content

They stay far, far away from the ones who are mean

They have pretty good lives, some would say peachy keen



Dad read my report card

After work the other day

He saw lots of F’s and D’s

But not one B or A

Dad tried not to holler

Though his efforts were in vain

‘These grades are horrific.

How’d you get them?  Please explain!’

So I told my father


‘Any A means Awful Work.

That is why I got no A’s

(I tried hard not to smirk)

Then I kept on going

‘Any B means Badly Done.

There’s no way I’d get a B

Because I worked a ton’


Feeling good I told him

‘Any D means Dynamite.

Yes, I got a lot of D’s

I studied every night!’


Last I told my father

‘Any F grade means First-Rate.

Aren’t you proud I got three F’s?

My teachers think I’m great!’


Dad then stated calmly

‘Quite an effort, son, well played.

Please work just as hard next year

When you repeat third grade!’


Ella finished boarding school

Then met her one true love

Matthew Vader was his name

He fit her like a glove


Matthew was the sweetest guy

He took great care of Ella

When it rained he’d flip his coat

To make her an umbrella


One night after dinner

Matthew knelt down and proposed

Ella shouted, ‘Yes, of course!’

She barely stayed composed


Just before their wedding

Ella said something in shame

She told her fiancé

‘I would like to keep my name’


Seeing Matthew crying

Ella felt like such a traitor

But she had no choice

She couldn’t end up Ella Vader


Matthew said he understood

‘That would look strange in print!’

So she kept her maiden name

Yes, she stayed Ella Fint!

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