Archive for May 2013

Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 21)

May 28, 2013

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)

May 22, 2013

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)

May 14, 2013

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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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 18)

May 7, 2013

April 30 – May 6

Haiku #125 (April 30)

I am Boston Strong
And can go out on a limb
For those missing theirs.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #126 (April 30) Bonus

misty afternoon
starlings aloft
perforated clouds

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #127 (May 1)

A lone deer at dawn
Lies down beside the forest.
Hit and run driver.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #128 (May 2)

I want to dance like
Adrianne Haslet-Davis
With my hurt ankle.

by Cheryl Crockett
Adrianne Haslet-Davis in rehab

Haiku #129 (May 3)

Curious magpie
clothesline at capacity
Buttons look like seeds.

by Cheryl Crockett
Magpie on a branch

Haiku #130 (May 4)

worm shortage
early birds
line up.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #131 (May 4a)

Saturday morning
Fresh baked bagels call to me
Cinnamon raisin.

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #132 (May 5)

passing headlights
parking meters
come to life

by Cheryl Crockett
DC Parking Meters at night

Haiku #45a Remix (May 5a)

Opening my mail
Another bridal shower
Cupid is so late.

by Cheryl Crockett
Bridal Shower Invite

Haiku #133 (May 6)

June is approaching
Three wedding invitations
Cupid must hate me.

by Cheryl Crockett

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May is Songwriting Month

May 1, 2013


April has ended and with it, poetry month. I wrote many poems and on the days I did not use all prompts offered on Somehow, I felt wrong about adding my daily haiku as my NaPoWriMo, which I had been writing since January 1st, but now that the month is over, I see it differently. The challenge was to write a poem everyday during the month of April. That is what I did; some were haiku. Now, I feel guilty going back to write poems for the days I missed because I will not have written the poems on, or near the days they were assigned. So, “Operation Haiku Fill” is in full-swing!

May is here and the songwriting must commence! Earlier this year, I went looking for a songwriting month, if there was one, and was so glad I found it. As I was looking at the site before the first prompt appeared, I was thinking a “love song” would be my first project. And, to my surprise, the Day 1 prompt is to “Write a song about someone (or something) you love in this world.”

(Without assigning a weight, value or hierarchy to my individual talents) just as 1+2=3, I am a poet; I am a musician; I am a songwriter. Each feeds into the others, despite songwriting’s obvious components*. Melodies and rhythmic words dance in my head almost everyday. Sometimes, I capture them. Not to capture them all is unacceptable. I expect that this project will raise my discipline as I write and record at least one song per day this month. That is my main reason for accepting this challenge.s

I am sure I am not the only one taking a deep breath and saying a little prayer as I consider the prospect of creating 31 songs in as many days and wondering, have I bitten off more than I can chew? But, I asked myself the same question at the beginning of the year when I embarked upon one haiku per day for the entire year (#1aday2013) and in February when I endeavored to add a 2nd haiku each day for National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo); and yet again in April for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). So, far I have achieved my daily poetry goals and since songs are like poems set to music, I thinking, how hard can it be?

*Instrumental music can inspire a poem and poetry can inspire music that has no lyrics; so too can a song with words and music lead to the creation of unrelated poetry and instrumental music.