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
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

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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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Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 18)

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

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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

Posted May 1, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Songwriting


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.

Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku (Week 17)

Posted April 30, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: Haiku, Poetry

April 23 – April 29

Some haiku have more information. Each header is clickable over to the other blog that has each haiku as an individual post.

Haiku #117 (April 23)

traffic stop
license registration
cell phone battery

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #118 (April 24)

Asian mountain view
Pristine crystal lake surface
Birds tweet “good morning”

by Cheryl Crockett
Pristine Asian Lake

Haiku #119 (April 25)

mountain descent
clouds below
leaving heaven

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #120 (April 25) Bonus

Climbing the mountain
I don’t know what I will find.
God beyond the clouds?

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #121 (April 26)

My hair looks pretty
But my neck and scalp are sore.
Angry beautician?

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #122 (April 26) Extra

sleeping wolves
vampires disappear

by Cheryl Crockett

Haiku #123 (April 28)

Sees reflections of her life
In the children’s eyes.

by Cheryl Crockett
For Eleanor Crockett’s 100th Birthday
Eleanor Crockett at her 100th Birthday Party

Haiku #124 (April 29)

compose haiku
no pen in sight
repeat out loud

by Cheryl Crockett

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NaPoWriMo Day 26

Posted April 26, 2013 by poetatete
Categories: NaPoWriMo, Poetry

NaPoWriMo Badge


It’s a cool April
The cold’s departure brings
The lovely budding blossoms as we feel the warmth of spring.

It’s a cool April
The sequester took effect.
Still there are opportunities despite our nation’s debt.

It’s a cool April
And people’s jobs are gone.
Somehow we’ll find the cash to pay the guy who cuts the lawn.

It’s a cool April
Our flights would be delayed
But President Obama intervened to cut the wait.

It’s a cool April
A month of tragedy.
Midst the worst we see the best parts of humanity.

It’s a cool April
Some lives and limbs are gone.
But everyone throughout the land says “We are Boston Strong!”

It’s a cool April
A month of Poetry
With daily poems composed and shared by poets just like me.

It’s a cool April
With coolness everyday
And if our April was this cool, let’s have a cooler May!

by Cheryl Crockett
Inspired by +Jessica Baehr

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My daily haiku is below. I am writing one haiku daily for a year, but I prefer to do NaPoWriMo in addition to this project. So, my haiku will not serve as NaPoWriMo. Please read and enjoy my haiku below.

Haiku #120

Climbing the mountain
I don’t know what I will find.
God beyond the clouds?

by Cheryl Crockett

Please read my blog post “Acceptable Opportunism” in support of legislation to provide insurance coverage for amputees’ prosthetic refits (in states where only the first prosthesis is covered). In the seven days since I wrote this article, it has had so many readers, it has exceeded all my NaPoWriMo poems combined (written to date). One of the readers’ responses just broke my heart, but it is a real life example of the problem.

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