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2014 NaPoWriMo Directory

April 1, 2014

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

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 made my Day 2 Poem its TOP STORY!  

       A Mythology included my day 2 poem! 

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

DAY 3 (Poem): Charm Poem

      The Rhyme Daily 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 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”.

        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






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.


Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 24)

July 7, 2013

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

Back to Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku main page

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

Back to Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku main page

NaPoWriMo Day 9

April 10, 2013

NaPoWriMo Badge


I walked into the venue solo.
My journal tucked firmly under my arm
So not to appear suspicious.
Everyone in the place looked different
dressed different
talked different
but they all had one thing in common
as they sat there
in silence
All of their names were on a list
and it was only a matter of time
Because it’s poetry night on U Street.

The hot young college student steps up to the mic.
She’s a double major in Communications and Language Arts…
Probably won her first poetry contest at age 5.
(Oh OK! She just said it was age 6.)
With more than enough confidence to go first,
she doesn’t mind
She has to leave early
because she has a secret:
Exams in the morning.

A young man stares at her
like a hungry dog
at an Alpo® factory.
His hasty scribbles
on the napkin in front of him
disguise themselves as a love poem
he’s more than eager to share
with the first girl who’ll believe him.

Under the table
the purse of the woman next to him
is a flimsy camouflauge
for her wayward hand
that moves along his thigh
like she’s got 50 cents but needs a dollar
and she’s gonna get it
from his pocket
without asking
as the next name is called.
Because it’s poetry night on U Street.

Smoke from incense curls and intertwines with
the steam from freshly poured cups of chai.
Fingers snap… light applause.

A nervous stranger shows up late
He reaches out a sweaty hand
to pull the host to one side.
“No, the list is full. Come early next time.
I’ll put you on the waiting list, but I can’t promise anything.”

The stranger takes the long way through the crowd
While dropping fliers
on each table before he leaves.
They’re for his own poetry event.
I pick up a flier
and stuff it into my pocket.
The next name is called.

The haiku poet tries to read ten poems because
“The last poet took five minutes and haiku are small.”
The host nods reluctantly;
The crowd tolerates her, watching
with eyes glazed like day-old donuts.
They don’t get haiku.

The sexy love poet’s words
make the women coo and scream.
He speaks so provocatively,
I want to offer the microphone
a cigarrette.

The feature is introduced and
the performance opens eyes,
changes lives
and brings the crowd to its feet.

The poet bows and says “thank you”
but thinks: “Show me love; buy my book or DVD”.
The host holds them up and says
“They’re only TEN DOLLARS”
The crowd responds, “ONLY TEN DOLLARS?!”

Closing time
The people spill out
onto the empty sidewalk.
Their faces bathed in the orange glow
of the city’s high-crime street lamps.

Moving quickly through the evening air,
Some walk; some duck into the subway
and others sit in their cars
all with the poems replaying
in their minds like a 1970’s sitcom;
Their spirits filled with new inspiration.

Poetry night on U Street.

by Cheryl Crockett

This is the Day 9 Challenge as it appears on

“…I’m a sucker for a good mystery novel, especially the hard-boiled noir novels of the thirties and forties. There’s always a two-timing blonde, a city that keeps its secrets, and stuck in the middle, a man who just can’t help but rabbit after truth. Today I challenge you write a poem inspired by noir — it could be in the voice of a detective, or unravel a mystery, or just describe the long shadows of the skyscrapers in the ever-swirling smog. After all, “you know how to write a poem, don’t you, Steve? You just pick up a pen and you write.”

Back to Cheryl’s NaPoWriMo 2013 Main Post

My daily haiku is below. I am writing one haiku per day for all of 2013.

Haiku #97

Watch dandelions
They change from yellow to white
When does that happen?

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