2014 NaPoWriMo Directory

Posted April 1, 2014 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing

After a break from haiku I had to get back to daily poetry What better time than National Poetry month? A portion of each line is clickable and links to an external location containing the referenced content:

Index of Cheryl’s poems written during April 2014

            Written using prompts found on NaP0WriMo.net

DAY 1 (Early Bird): An Ekphrastic Haiku Poem  inspired by a work of art

DAY 1 A Poem Prompted By The Bibliomancy Oracle

DAY 2 (Haiku): Untitled (smug pine cones)

DAY 2 (Poem): A Mythological Sonnet inspired by the “Baku”

       A Sonnet Paper.li made my Day 2 Poem its TOP STORY!  

       A Mythology Paper.li included my day 2 poem! 

DAY 3 (Haiku): Untitled (fears of snowfall)

DAY 3 (Poem): Charm Poem

      The Rhyme Daily paper.li featured my Day 3 Poem as its TOP STORY!

DAY 4 (Haiku): Untitled (sleep deprivation)

          The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 put Day 4 Haiku on the Front Page! 

DAY 4 (Poem): A Lune Poem 

DAY 5 (Haiku): “Untitled” (Fourth Place)

DAY 5 (Poem): A Golden Shovel Poem “In Line For The Lottery”

DAY 6 (Haiku): “Untitled” (face without makeup)

DAY 6 (Poem): A WordList Poem “A Day In The Yard”

DAY 7 (Haiku): “Untitled” (disillusioned heart)

          The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 featured my Day 7 Haiku!

DAY 7  (Poem): “Ode To Crystal” Inanimate Love

DAY 8 (Haiku): “Untitled” (houseplants in spring)

           The Poetry and me Daily Part 3 included my Day 8 Haiku!

DAY 8 (Poem): To My Daughter (Rewriting a famous poem)

DAY 9 (Haiku): “Untitled” (Let Kids See You Read)

DAY 9 (Poem): 5 Song Pantoum (incorporating 5 sequential song titles)

           The Poetry and me Daily Part 3 published my Day 9 Haiku!

DAY 10 (Haiku): “Untitled” (Grandmother’s Kitchen)

DAY 10 (Poem): Hug A Poet Today (advertisement)

           The Poetry and me Daily Part 3 published my Day 10 Haiku!

DAY 11 (Haiku): “Untitled” (Old Friendship Crumbles)

DAY 11 (Poem): I Need Some Wine To Love You (Blues)

DAY 12 (Haiku): “Untitled” (Kids with full bellies)

DAY 12 (Poem): “Faith Feathers” (A Replacement Poem)

DAY 13 (Haiku): “Untitled” (mommy minnow) 

DAY 13 (Poem): He Understands Me (Kenning)

DAY 14 (Haiku): “Untitled” (polar bear) 

DAY 14 (Poem): Strategy Session (20 Questions & 1 Statement)

DAY 15 (Haiku): “Untitled” (poetry’s beauty)

DAY 15 (Poem): Warming Up To The Beach (Terza Rima)

DAY 16 (Haiku): “Untitled” (blown glass pitcher)

DAY 16 (Poem): Boardroom Booster (Pantoum)

DAY 17 (Haiku): “Untitled” (northern lights)

DAY 17 (Poem): 

DAY 18 (Haiku): “Untitled” (electricity) 

DAY 18 (Poem): 

DAY 19 (Haiku): “Untitled” (shooting stars streak by)

DAY 19 (Poem): 

DAY 20 (Haiku): “Untitled” (let’s get acquainted) 

DAY 20 (Poem): 

DAY 21 (Haiku): “Untitled” (empty restaurant)

         The @Haiku_Today paper.li featured my haiku! 

         The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 had it front & center!

         Thursday Classical News put it  near the top!

DAY 21 (Poem): 

DAY 22 (Haiku): “Untitled” (wino awakens)

           The #Homeless Daily published my Day 22 Haiku!

DAY 22 (Poem): 

DAY 23 (Haiku): “Untitled” (quiet tears sparkle)

DAY 23 (Poem): 

DAY 24 (Haiku): “Untitled” (piano teacher)

          The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 made Day 24 Haiku a top story!

DAY 24 (Poem): 

DAY 25 (Haiku): “Untitled” (my empty arms wait)

          The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 added my haiku!

DAY 25 (Poem): 

DAY 26 (Haiku): “Untitled” (make way for the sun)

        Haiku Today also featured this haiku on May 22nd.

        This appeared in “Has Anyone Ever Created A Usefu.li?”.

        The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 published Day 26.

DAY 26 (Poem):  

DAY 27 (Haiku): “Untitled” (load your weapon now)

          The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 included this haiku.

DAY 27 (Poem): 

DAY 28 (Haiku): “Untitled” (after a long kiss)

         The Poetry and Me Daily Part 3 added this haiku.

DAY 28 (Poem): 

DAY 29 (Haiku): “Untitled” (fictional love poems)

        The Poetry and Me Daily grabbed this one, too!

DAY 29 (Poem): 

DAY 30 (Haiku):  “Untitled” (refreshed with water) + video

DAY 30 (Poem): 

In addition to writing poetry in April 2014, I also taught poetry:


 May 1  “Untitled” (Devoutly Christian)

 The Poetry & Me Daily Part 3 featured this haiku on May 27th





To Be Peaceful

Posted August 28, 2013 by poetatete
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For Jeni Stepanek in memory of Mattie Stepanek

Conscious, peaceful thoughts sometimes can steer one’s life to right.

Gracious, peaceful hands work to bring hidden wrongs to light.

Gentle, peaceful words we speak may often end a fight.

Loving, peaceful deeds will lift another to new heights.

By Cheryl Crockett

August 28, 2013


NOTE: This gift poem was given to Dr. Jeni Stepanek on August 28, 2013, the same day as the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Jeni published the poem on-line with a photo she took with President Jimmy Carter from their meeting that same day. Click here to go to her site.

I Am a Female Redskins Fan #HTTR

Posted August 24, 2013 by poetatete
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A lifelong Redskins fan, I have been writing poetry in support of my team!

The only way I can justify watching the games this season, for 3+ hours per week, is to use what I see on the TV to fuel my writing.

This blog post is my directory of Redskins Poems. Each listing is a clickable link that will allow you to view the entire poem.

January 2016 UPDATE: The site where my Redskins poems were originally posted has been shut down. The poems are archived off-line and are being retrieved. As this time-consuming process unfolds, each obsolete link will be replaced. They will remain here and a new message will announce when you can view them. The video is the only link that still works. Enjoy!

POEM 1: I am the Female Redskins Fan [Steelers vs. Redskins]

POEM 2: Redskins vs. Bills – Look at the stats “Listen up ‘Buffalonians'”

POEM 3: Have You Not Been Paying Attention?

POEM 4: Women of Redskins Nation

POEM 5: What? You are a fan of WHO?

POEM 6: Going to a Redskins Game (at RFK)

POEM 7: Redskins visit Tampa Bay

POEM 8: The Redskins are Tough to Beat

Redskins Nostalgia: Brush with a Legend

POEM 9: Twas the Night Before Football

POEM 10: Tough2Beat – The Redskins poem that is a rap (Lyrics will be linked here at a later time) VIDEO BELOW

POEM 11: Go Hug a Fellow Fan

POEM 12: Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella – Say Cheese

POEM 13: For Game 3 against the Detroit Lions

POEM 14: The Importance of the Fans

POEM 15: The Reason Why We Lose

POEM 16: Uniting Fans for Game 4 vs. Oakland Raiders

POEM 17: The Redskins Got a WIN !!!

POEM 18: Cowboy Time Baby Bi, By, Bye!

POEM 19: Song for San Diego

Please, bookmark this page and check back each week for new poems.

You may also find my poems on Twitter @poetatete and on Google+

I posted my video really early in the morning on the day of the Season Opener (Monday, Sept. 9th 2014).

A few hours later, a new follower showed up on my profile:

I am regularly surprised by non-Redskins fans who have taken the time to read and write to me about my poems.


If you think that is amazing, look at this. I didn’t know that my beloved “twin-sister” (from another mister), whom I’ve known since we were very young, was raised in a Cowboys home! She is friendly and loving, she will not harm anyone allied with the Redskins. Her husband is a Redskins fan!

I asked her to share my poems with him, but she shared them with everyone on her Facebook wall!

Poem 6 was retweeted by a news anchor at Washington’s #1 radio station.


All poems and musical compositions posted here are the original creations of Cheryl Crockett.


Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 25)

Posted August 6, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

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June 18 – June 24

Haiku #176 (June 18)

Grieving parents
Imagine their child in heaven
Meeting great-grandma.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #177 (June 19)

A child holds a toy
She’ll place in her sister’s hand.
The final present.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #178 (June 20)

On a day like this
Children can play outside late.
One girl is missing.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #179 (June 21)

Children play til nine.
“The street light isn’t on yet!”
Summer’s late sunset.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #180 (June 22)

Sorrow and regret
Are expressed in salty tears
Cried at funerals.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #181 (June 23)

Riding the right lane
Driving at the speed limit
Because I’m not late.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #182 (June 24)

Super Moon returns
And looks inside my window
Slowly he passes.

by Cheryl Crockett

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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 24)

Posted July 7, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry, Writing

June 11 – June 17

Haiku #169 (June 11)

Big brother arranged
A national party line
With my Uncle Sam.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #170 (June 12)

Securing trash cans
Anticipating a storm
Racoons follow me.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #171 (June 13)

I can’t find the words
After the death of a child
So I am silent.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #172 (June 14)

Swings sway in the wind
Dew slides and see-saws are still
An empty playground.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #173 (June 15)

Hit and run driver
Fearful, fled the scene on foot.
Could she be a mom?

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #174 (June 16)

Child’s belongings packed
Charitable donation
Grave visitation.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #175 (June 17)

Children bring daisies
Funeral for a classmate
Emptied desk and chair.

by Cheryl Crockett

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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 23)

Posted June 18, 2013 by poetatete
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June 4 – June 10

Haiku #163 (June 4)

At the finish line,
One rider raises his head
Ribbon in his hands.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku # (June 5)

Gold medal bouquets
Carried just so on the arm
Cover needle marks.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku # (June 6)

Walrus’ play toy
Mimics sea life
Floating driftwood

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #166 (June 7)

Darkened horizon
The setting sun reminds me
Tasks remain undone.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #167 (June 8)

Passerby with dog
Disgusted neighbors look on
Fertilized tree box.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #100a (June 9)

Quick spring storm passes
Sun arrives ready to dry
The freshly cleaned world.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #168 (June 10)

After their landing
Dancing raindrops celebrate
“We are here at last!”

by Cheryl Crockett


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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 22)

Posted June 13, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

May 28 – June 3

Haiku #156  (May 28)

Please read my haiku
Posted here for you to see.
I write some each week.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #157 (May 29)

Blasts of summer’s warmth
Beads of sweat and sun dresses
So glad winter’s gone.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #158 (May 30)

The answer is “no”.
I can’t have AND eat the cat.

by Cheryl Crockett (…in response to a comment after Haiku #154)

Haiku #159 (May 31)

shocking resilience
empathy for amputees
action after tears.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #160 (June 1)

Quiet Saturday
Resting from a busy week
Setting my own pace

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #161 (June 2)

Peach flavored candle
Generous Birthday wishes
And much gratitude.

by Cheryl Crockett (for Jimmy ThePeach of “Haiku Today”)

Haiku #162 (June 3)

Small feet in puddles
Raincoats and oversized boots
Colorful splashing.

by Cheryl Crockett

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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 21)

Posted May 28, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

May 21 – May 27

Haiku #150 (May 21)

green thumb
long weekend
container garden

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #90a Remix (May 22)


Looking innocent
Next to the dandelions
Clover blossoms sprout
Clover blossoms sprout
Next to the dandelions
Looking innocent

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #151 (May 23)

Late to barbecue
Cousins just started fighting
Slowly back away.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #152 (May 24)

Clearing away brush
In the wilderness, alone,
I find my own path.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #153 (May 25)

I’ll teach you to fish
But, I’ll go out of business.
Here’s a fish. Take it.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #154 (May 26)

little orange cat
You’ll always sit where I want
…wanna eat you up!

by Cheryl Crockett

Little Orange Cat

Haiku #155 (May 27)

A view from heaven:
Mountain tops and a cloud floor
This is what God sees.

by Cheryl Crockett


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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 20)

Posted May 22, 2013 by poetatete
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May 14 – May 20

Haiku #143 (May 14)

Buzzing mosquito
Searches for tears in the screen
Escape strategy

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #144 (May 15)

A single tall tree
Planted in a field of rape
As an example

by Cheryl Crockett


Haiku #145 (May 16)

Want to come up here?
I stand guard over these hills
You must deal with me.

by Cheryl Crockett


Haiku #146 (May 17)

Better watch your mouth.
Who are you calling “lazy”?
My name’s not Susan!

by Cheryl Crockett


Haiku #147 (May 18)

fight hunger
protein influx
eat cicadas

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #148 (May 19)

roof lines
silver fire

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #149 (May 20)

tears wiped by the wind
prayers for missing children
tornado alley

by Cheryl Crockett

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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 19)

Posted May 14, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

May 7 – May 13

Haiku #134 (May 7)

Spring and Summer battle
For May domination
Tornadoes ensue.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #135 (May 8)

Cupid, choose your spear
As Erik begged, but make sure
To aim it at HIM!

by Cheryl Crockett

Inspired by a poetic volley on Google+:

I am begging you
Cupid if you’re real, aim good.
Use a spear instead.

by Erik Sala

Haiku #136 (May 9)

Cicadas emerge
In Biblical proportions
Blow dust off scripture.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #137 (May 10)

receding waters
ankle deep

by Cheryl Crockett
Tadpoles in shallow water

Haiku #138 (May 11)

Mom’s yellow apron
Still protects her favorite dress
Though tattered and stained.

by Cheryl Crockett
Mom's Yellow Apron

Haiku #139 (May 11)

Weekend cooking shows
Martha poached a King salmon
Vegans horrified.

by Cheryl Crockett
Poached Salmon

Haiku #140 (May 12)

Mother’s wisdom speaks
Guiding us to our future
Even when she’s gone.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #142 (May 13)

anxious for fresh ink
my new clean virgin white page
awaits pen’s first touch.

by Cheryl Crockett

Inspired by:

white sheet of paper
desires to know my secrets
write for all to see

by J. Matthew Waters ‏@jdubqca

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