Sunday, December 20, 2009

game piece


playing the
yin and yan
of home and self,
puts a game piece
into his pocket



What is a sherku?

Inspired by David Zinger's posting for Joyful Jubilant Learning blog this month, I found myself writing something very close to this in the comments.

Note: this is a new layout for sherku. I am deliberately deviating from the haiku-like origin of three lines and shifting to the more American 3-4 syllable phrase and running five lines to still reach 19 syllables overall. I'll acknowledge William Carlos Williams work as a key source for this change.



Friday, December 18, 2009

how 'bout that!


South Station
Hears his voice
“All half price papers
‘Cept for the Herald
How ‘bout that!”



What is a sherku?

This is a new format for sherku. I am exploring more of the common 3-4 syllable phrases that characterize much of American language following work done by William Carlos Williams. The nineteen syllable restriction remains but the lines will work out to be five or six instead of the original three.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

legacy

goodbye telegraph
telephone
track side pole
arms spread out
standing wireless

What is a sherku?

This is a new format for sherku. I am exploring more of the common 3-4 syllable phrases that characterize much of American language following work done by William Carlos Williams. The nineteen syllable restriction remains but the lines will work out to be five or six instead of the original three.
 

This was originally posted to Twitter tagged with #twitpoem #140poets

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Relationship Geek

There is a relationship geek named Phil
who lives on top of the hill
he’ll use his blue book
or tweet with a hook
for your need he will fulfill

A limerick for Phil Gerbyshak to celebrate our joint birthday. The full posting can be found here.

Bend and stretch to recycle

With apologies to your Romper Room memories, I rewrote a few lines to help remember to recyle while you walk.

Bend and stretch
reach for the can
while exercising
help your fellow man

One can at a time, you can come back from a three mile walk through your neighborhood with something like this:

Recycle exercise

Bend and stretch
reach for the can
while exercising
help your fellow man

You can take this challenge in two ways:

1 - Take a plastic bag along with you and remember these lines when you walk.

2 - As you walk, if you come up with better lines let us know via comment or email.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fall in Franklin


something about the redness
of the leaves, the white fence 
and the morning sunlight

What is a sherku?


Originally posted with the picture that inspired this on Franklin Matters

I'll also acknowledge some resemblance to William Carlos Williams' The Red Wheelbarrow

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Saturday, November 07, 2009

prototyping



prototyping - what counts is
moving forward achieving
some part of your goal



What is a sherku?

This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation"

Friday, November 06, 2009

good prototypes

good prototypes don't just
communicate, they persuade
and help shape your ideas


What is a sherku?

This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation" 

Thursday, November 05, 2009

leaf herding

Blue mower, green rake. where are 
the leaves? Herded to a 
pile under the trees

What is a sherku?


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

leaf pile

Blue mower green rake pile of
brown leaves. I can see a
sherku at the bottom

What is a sherku?


Originally Twittered on 10/25/09 

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

outside the lines

go ahead, color outside 
the lines but try your best
to stay on the same page


What is a sherku?

This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation"

Monday, November 02, 2009

simple use

don't let the cloud of features
blur the simplest most common
use of your product

What is a sherku?


This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation" 
 

Saturday, October 31, 2009

sherku: leaves dancing

time to rake the leaves today?
time to watch and pray 
the wind blows them all away




What is a sherku?


This was twittered on Saturday, a blustery day here in New England


#twitpoem #140poets



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

sherku: innovation verbs

as you step thru the
innovation process try
thinking verbs not nouns


What is a sherku?



This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation" 
#twitpoem 
#140poets



Saturday, October 24, 2009

sherku: morning sky

horizontal ribbon bands
play pink versus blue
blue wins, today has arrived



What is a sherku?

Inspired by the sunrise along the tracks at Franklin/Dean Station


#twitpoem #140poets

Friday, October 23, 2009

found sherku: feel special

When people feel special
they will perform beyond
even your wildest dreams


 What is a sherku?

This is a "found" sherku in that Tom Kelley IDEO wrote most if it (perhaps without realizing it) in his book "The Art of Innovation"

#twitpoem #140poets

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Two left feet

I have been told I have two 
left feet. When I look down,
I don't see what they mean

 What is a sherku?

Inspired by Amy Palko's Do You Dare? post

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

slow start

glossy new system ready
cruise control in force
account access not yet done

 What is a sherku?

Originally posted to Twitter:


sherku: slow start - glossy new system ready/ cruise control in force/ account access not yet done// #twitpoem #140poets

Monday, October 05, 2009

barefoot dash

so determined she stopped
did a little two step out 
shoes in hand caught her train

 What is a sherku?


Originally posted to Twitter:

sherku: barefoot dash - so determined she stopped/ did a little two step out/ shoes in hand caught her train// #twitpoem #140poets

Sunday, October 04, 2009

realization

mechanical voice drones
footsteps quicken then the
race is on to catch the train


What is a sherku?
 

Originally posted to Twitter:

sherku: realization - mechanical voice drones/ footsteps quicken then the/ race is on to catch the train// #twitpoem #140poets

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Marty Baron said

ad revenue produced
the printed newspapers 
readers never paid full cost

What is a sherku?

Originally posted to Twitter:


sherku: Marty Baron said - ad revenue produced/ the printed newspapers/ readers never paid full cost// #twitpoem #140poets

Inspired by the Ford Hall Forum on October 1

Friday, October 02, 2009

sherku: commuter passage

she swayed left to the seat
shifted purse and coffee right
resumed walking the aisle

What is a sherku?


originally posted to Twitter:


sherku: commuter passage - she swayed left to the seat/ shifted purse and coffee right/ resumed walking the aisle//

Thursday, October 01, 2009

sherku: name fishing

running into people 
so familiar yet needing
to dig deep to recall names




What is a sherku?




Originally posted to Twitter
sherku: name fishing - running into people/ so familiar yet needing/ to dig deep to recall names//



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

South Station

back in the working saddle
riding commuter rail
watching the people flow

What is a sherku?


originally posted to Twitter:


sherku - South Station: back in the working saddle/ riding commuter rail/ watching the people flow// #twitpoem#140poets



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

kite

Kite soars because
Tension in the line controls
The lifting breeze from below


What is a sherku?

inspired by a Sunday afternoon at Castle Island, South Boston, MA

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Wind shifts

Winds have shifted, jets now
Blazing overhead on their
Way by Castle Island


What is a sherku?

inspired by a Sunday afternoon at Castle Island, South Boston, MA

Monday, August 31, 2009

trust agent difference

Difference between
Shaded green and sunny green
The light of a trust agent


What is a sherku?

inspired by a Sunday afternoon at Castle Island, South Boston reading Trust Agents


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Momma



One boy called “Momma, Momma”
Dozens of women turned
To look if it was hers


What is a sherku?


Inspired by a Sunday afternoon at Castle Island, South Boston, MA

Sunday, August 23, 2009

sherku: young girl riding

there is great joy riding
her bike down the grassy hill
knowing the brakes work well

What is a sherku?

inspired by a Sunday afternoon at Castle Island, South Boston

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

just sound great


You can squeeze, strum, pick
Bang, slide, or blow ‘em; played
Together they just sound great

What is a sherku?


Monday, August 10, 2009

his touch




The walk was crowded, the
Music too good to pass up
His touch led her along




















What is a sherku?

Inspired by the dancing of this couple at the Lowell Folk Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

seeing is believing


Wouldn’t believe that those
Mandolin picking fingers
Could play so but I see



What is a sherku?

Inspired by the performance by Sierra Hull at the Lowell Folk Festival

Thursday, August 06, 2009

You just know

Know you are at the right
House for party when you
See furniture in garden

What is a sherku?

This is a "found" poem in that
Niamh Ni Charra mentioned this during an intro to one of her songs at the Lowell Folk Festival. I crafted it to fit the sherku format.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

opening number

Greek salad, lamb kabob
Irish fiddle music
lots of sun at Lowell Folk

What is a sherku?

Inspired by the Lowell Folk Festival experience!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

rhythm and beat

rhythm and beat of the dance
crosses the cultural lines
Puerto Rican joy


What is a sherku?

Inspired by the music of Yomo Toro at the Lowell Folk Festival

Monday, August 03, 2009

tears of joy

fiddle bow keeps flying
his feet tap the double beat
Québécois heritage


What is a sherku?

Inspired by the music of Genticorum at the Lowell Folk Festival

Sunday, August 02, 2009

gospel soul

musical notes transport
the spirit to places
where all words find their meaning


What is a sherku?

Inspired by the music of Sierra Hull and Highway 111 at the Lowell Folk Festival

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First view

Round the bend, view opens up
Ridge not green, it’s blue and
Flat, must be Lake Erie


What is a sherku?

Monday, July 27, 2009

A pancake

When the question was asked
If she wanted pancakes she
Said "Yes, a pancake, please."


What is a sherku?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

sherku: Ohio


Cluster of farm buildings here
Tree oasis there
Fields of grain everywhere

What is a sherku?


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

sherku: silence


Into the void, thoughts come
Of their own free will and dance
With imagination

What is a sherku?

This was originally posted as part of a comment on listening as a key skill in communication on the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog here

Updated 8/2/09 - to correct the syllable count and meet the 19 required for sherku

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

sherku: cell reception


Devilish cell reception
Is best picked up by the
Graveyard near Weikert’s church



What is a sherku?


Monday, July 13, 2009

sherku: wood burning

Porch wood takes some time
Stories of those that crossed
The threshold burn to be told



What is a sherku?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

sherku: snack time

Today’s snack time home brew,
Grapes, and red wine cheddar
Spread Ritz cracker sandwiches

What is a sherku?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

sherku: summer brew


Beer bottle sweat spread over
The bench marking the spot
For the return each swig

What is a sherku?


Friday, July 10, 2009

sherku: two newt morning

Smoke wafts from the fire’s
Embers; tingle of the fly
Landing on my bare leg


What is a sherku?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

sherku: tiger lillies




Orange welcoming torches

Or fierce "don't you dare
Stray from this road" warnings

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dolores stopped

Cotton candy clouds casting
Pine tree shade only six
Pages to finish her book

What is a sherku?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival Expanding


Dear Poets & Lovers of Poetry,

The 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival is growing, spreading, positively exploding... We are thrilled to announce that there will be simultaneous kick-off events Thursday, October 15th, in Boston, Lowell, Salem, Worcester, Amherst, and the Berkshires. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Festival returns to the classic red-brick mills, galleries, museums, National Park sites, churches, restaurants, cafes, and cobblestone streets of downtown Lowell.

Applications are now open for small presses wanting to participate in the Festival's Small Press Fair on October 17. Click here to go to our website for documents



Afaa Michael Weaver

will be participating in the 2009 Poetry Festival


Anne Waldman founder, with Allen Ginsberg, of the Jack Kerouac School of Writing at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado,will be participating in the 2009 Poetry Festival

Friday, Oct. 16, over 200 high school poets will be reading and participating in events at Lowell High School; there will be an intercollegiate poetry showcase with student poets from 14 colleges and universities, and a special MPF edition of the Urban Village Arts Series on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the packed schedule will include a small press fair, readings by regional poetry groups, a Favorite Poem Project session, writing workshops, and a late night poetry slam with notable participants from Massachusetts and New York -- and much more.

Just a few of the poets appearing for the Festival this year include:

  • Afaa M. Weaver
  • James Tate
  • Dara Wier
  • Louise Gluck
  • Ann Waldman
  • Jericho Brown
  • XJ Kennedy and the Light Brigade
  • Robert Pinsky
  • Lloyd Schwartz
  • And many more!

Louise Gluck , former U.S. Poet Laureate is participating in the 2009 Poetry Festival


Robert Pinsky is participating in this years

Festival

On Sunday, Oct. 18, Harvard University will host a poetry and jazz program with Robert Pinsky and musicians.

To keep up with the events being scheduled regularly check in at www.masspoetry.org

The Festival is expanding.

The Festival is growing

--- despite the financial hard times.

Because all of us believe,

especially in these hard times,

that people need poetry more than ever.

But to do all this we also need you to participate !

Please donate to the Poetry Festival. We need 100 people to step up and donate $50 dollars or whatever you can to make sure we can keep expanding the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. We need to rely on lots of small donations from individuals who want to support poetry. We need you.

Click here to make your tax deductible donation now.


Stay tuned for more announcements shortly.

Thank you.

§¨©

Michael Ansara

For the Festival Planning Committee

2008 Videos
You can watch videos of some of the readings from the 2008 Festival by clicking here.
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
http://masspoetry.org/
Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
375 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852



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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

sherku defined: reprise


focus your message, say it
all concentrated in just
nineteen syllables


What is a sherku?

Friday, June 05, 2009

doing good


Doing good means your
customers will hasten their
demand for you to do better!

What is a sherku?

This is a "found" sherku. Little did Scott McKain realize when he wrote this in his book "Collapse of Distinction" that he was also creating a sherku.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

twilight white


As the twilight arrives
The greens all blend together
Dogwood blossoms bright white

What is a sherku?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

greetings


Greetings from sky blue sandy
Sunny beaches sticks out from
The horror story

What is a sherku?


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

dogwood blooms

Dogwood blooms dance in sun light
Lifted by the breeze; weight
Of the rain water gone


What is a sherku?


Monday, June 01, 2009

charging time

The double a batteries
Took a long time to charge
Resisting the green light

What is a sherku?


Sunday, May 31, 2009

summer breeze

Children’s voices blend with
Distant music powering
Kites and swaying birches


What is a sherku?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

His legacy

The finesse in pitching
A horse shoe and always
Measuring twice to cut once



What is a sherku?

In memorium: Armand Joyal

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Batting average

One for three is pretty darn
Good especially when
It is the one that counts


What is a sherku?


Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009


Franklin_WWI_Doughboy
Originally uploaded by shersteve

The doughboy bows his head
He fought 'the war to end all wars'
Yet wars continue



What is a sherku?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gov Patrick stood tall

Deval Patrick came to us
Better yet, stood ground
For respectful dialog

What is a sherku?

Reflection upon the visit by Gov Patrick to Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gov Patrick says

Tough state budget choices
Most of these things we will
Pay for sooner or later

What is a sherku?

This is almost a "found" poem as it an amalgam of Gov Patrick's remarks when he visited Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09).

Monday, May 18, 2009

overheard


Every month we get
Smarter and wiser, if
Only our children knew that


What is a sherku?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

hurrah!

To the concept of the waste
Basket, and better yet
Someone emptying it

What is a sherku?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Question


If we make their old favorites
When they come home, how will
They learn any new?



What is a sherku?


sherku: Wind chimes














Wind chimes dancing, dogwood leaves
Swinging, baby robins
Stretching on Mother’s Day



What is a sherku?


For Dolores, Mother's Day 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

poetry by hand

By Hand: Lines for Mother's Day

"I didn't care about the gift. / It was the note I wanted, / the salt from his hand, / the words," admits a woman awaiting a Mother's Day package from her son away at war, in Frances Richey's poem "Letters."

There is no substitute for the intimacy of a handwritten note, no gift as singular as words carefully considered and chosen. Like a fingerprint, handwriting can identify its owner, even mood and intention can be revealed in the bends and crosses of letters, hidden in the slant of cursive.

This Mother's Day, choose meaningful lines from a poem, pick out a blank card, take a quiet moment and a smooth pen, and write with your heart in your hand. Find six lovely blank cards and a selection of lines about motherhood by E. E. Cummings, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Robert Duncan, Walt Whitman, Anne Sexton, and many others, on Poets.org.

On the web at: www.poets.org/byhand



If one of the many selections does not suit you, feel free to compose your own!

For instructions on how to write your own sherku form of haiku, check here


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

chalk

White chalk brings back memories
Kids filling the driveway
Their own world in colors

What is a sherku?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

SOBCon: e-commerce

customers number one
favorite thing, free shipping
retail is details


What is a sherku?


SOBCon: spy


unless you are a spy
going into a room
unnoticed is waste of time

What is a sherku?


SOBCon09 - Day 1

Might as well chase unicorns
It’s all about people
Build a relationship

What is a sherku?


Friday, May 01, 2009

SMB13: Earth Watch

Earthwatch is rocking the
SM boat by not jumping
Into Twitter just yet

What is a sherku?

Inspired by the discussion at SMB13 in Boston on 4/28/09

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Poem in Your Pocket Day!


a sherku would fit nicely!

SMB13: Roger Wu

Klickable took a thirty
Second ad and made it
A three minute event

What is a sherku?

This is a "found poem". It is a paraphrase of Roger Wu talking about Klickable at the SMB13 in Boston on 4/28/09.