Archive for the ‘Spoken Word’ category

I Am a Female Redskins Fan #HTTR

August 24, 2013

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.



NaPoWriMo Day 10

April 11, 2013

NaPoWriMo Badge

GREETING CARD (A Spoken Word Piece)

I unfriended you today

Because you don’t call (back)
And I cannot remember
Our last face-to-face.

I unfriended you today
Wondering what I did
Or didn’t do.

I think
I saw this coming
A year ago or two.

I have been carrying
Your part as well as mine
For so long,
I began
to feel

That’s why
I unfriended you today.
I remembered thinking
It seemed so odd
how you would walk behind me
Instead of beside me,
Even when my ankle was hurt
(I never got that).

I unfriended you today
Despite dozens of
Digitally designated “friends”
Who pay me less attention.

But we said we were friends.
That’s what distinguished you
from so many others
bestowed with that
meaningless honor
which you made
more meaningless
by your neglect.

Is it just me, or
do you remember?
We had lots in common:
faith, family, talents,
and friendship.
How do I know?

I never saw you throw it away.
I never believed you could,
But the evidence compels me to act:

I had to unfriend you today.
But you probably won’t ever see this,
(until it goes viral)
and even then,
you probably won’t think this is about you.

I would tell you myself
But you don’t answer
and you don’t call (back).

I didn’t click my mouse.
That would make me an hypocrite:
All the others would have to go
And I don’t have that kind of time.
But make no mistake,

I unfriended you today
Every year, I remember your birthday
But when mine comes…
(Do I even have to say it?)

And I had to hear your big news fourth-hand.
Oh, Facebook is always fourth-hand.
Figure it out:
– First-hand – is when you tell me yourself
– Second-hand – your family member tells me.
– Third-hand – an un-related person gossips about it
because they want me to know that they
knew before I did and
That happened, too.

And I would have been so happy for you.
But you didn’t give me the chance.

So, I unfriended you today
And now I am free
The place I saved for you
In my heart
is vacant.

Ready for that new friend who will
Like or Love me
Tag, Tumbl, Tweet me
Retweet and remember
my birthday,
Comment and call me (back),
Post, Poke or Pin,
visit, sit and spend
some time.

So, just because my profile on-line looks the same
And my “friend” list still contains your name,
Don’t get it twisted.

I am dis-Pinterest-ed
and have Google subtracted you
from my life!


Happy Birthday.

by Cheryl Crockett

This is the Day 10 Challenge as it appears on

“Many of us have read and even written love poems. But have you written an un-love poem?

You Fit Into Me

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

–Margaret Atwood

An un-love poem isn’t a poem of hate, exactly — that might be a bit too shrill or boring. It’s more like a poem of sarcastic dislike. This is a good time to get in a good dig at people who chew with their mouth open, or always take the last oreo. If there’s no person you feel comfortable un-loving, maybe there’s a phenomenon? Like squirrels that eat your tomatoes. (I have many, many bitter feelings about tomato-eating squirrels). There’s lots of ways to go with this one, and lots of room for humor and surprise as well. Happy writing!”

Back to Cheryl’s NaPoWriMo 2013 Main Post

My daily haiku is below. I decided to post both poetic projects together.

Haiku #98

Cicadas so soon?
Give me all seventeen years
Or my money back!

by Cheryl Crockett

See Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku 2013

Poet-a-tete lives here now

July 2, 2012

On the first day of a new month, one of my favorite months of the year, poetatete returned to the internet.

The tag-line has evolved over the years; the most current one is at the top of this page. The most recent one was: “the place where powerfully profound, positive poetic presentation persists”. I just love “P” words!

After a very long time away, my first performance of 2015 will be on Saturday, April 18th, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., at Busboys and Poets 1025 5th Street, N.W. (5th and K Streets). Come have some brunch and hear some poetry.

The Poet-a-tete Facebook Group is active but not everyone is on Facebook. Twitter can “hear” @poetatete tweets, but not everyone is into Twitter. Here is the place where powerfully profound, positive poetic presentation persists online.

I have met and made many poetic friends in the 15 years since the Poet-a-tete live event started in October of 2000. I look forward to seeing many of you here again.

Click here to access a directory of NaPoWriMo Poems

Click here to see my most recent daily haiku.

Click here to access my index of Redskins Poems.

Click here to read my bio.

I look forward to the next time our poetic paths cross.

I participated in the FCAC Literary Expo (April 27th 2014) on Google+(click) and on Facebook (click)

That same weekend, I hosted a children’s poetry month activity: PLAYING WITH WORDS  PlayingWithWordsDRAFT_04