Friday, November 28, 2008

frosty morning

Cold enough that the frost
protected by the shade
sugar coated the green grass

Originally posted at Franklin Matters

What is a sherku?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

the best cowboys

It’s no wonder they call it
Lost if all the best cowboys
Have daddy issues

What is a sherku?

A reflection upon finding that one of the episodes was titled "All the best cowboys have daddy issues"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gettysburg 2008

On the 145th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech, I want to re-post what I wrote earlier this year when I visited Gettysburg:

seven score and five years
later these hallowed grounds
still yield awesome stories

Friday, November 14, 2008


It will be different
Waking up on Monday
Not having to catch a train

What is a sherku?

Thursday, November 13, 2008


He said it wasn’t a
Matter of performance
Purely a cost cutting move

What is a sherku?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Time to run

Meeting canceled, this frees time
To go for a run
In the rain before dinner

What is a sherku?


Layoff’s not a sentence like
Thirty seven days to live
What’s beyond that door?

What is a sherku?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Headlines scream layoffs
Can’t be worrying until
They tell me; work needs doing

What is a sherku?

Franklin Line #717 Outbound

They choose to stand leaning
With the train on the curves
Rather than sit middle seat

What is a sherku?

Monday, November 10, 2008


My work laptop died today
Feel so lost without my
Albatross, my data

What is a sherku?

Caravaggio green

Turn the page, Caravaggio
Green. What is this color?
Who was this artist?

What is a sherku?

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Beep, beep error indicates
A BIOS issue; not good
Couldn’t rise bird like

What is a sherku?


So much hope this morning
Didn’t keep my work laptop
From an untimely passing

What is a sherku?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama morning: Readville

We turn at Great Blue Hill
No stopping this train, city
Bound this hopeful morning

What is a sherku?

One of a series written on the morning after Barack Obama's historic presidential election.

Obama morning: Dedham Corp Ctr

By the pole where she stands
Eating her bagel, she can’t
See the hopeful sunrise

What is a sherku?

One of a series written the morning after Barack Obama's historic presidential election.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama morning: Norwood Central

My train seat doesn’t
Line up to show me a good
View of the hopeful sunrise

What is a sherku?

One of a series written on the morning after Barack Obama's historic presidential election.

Obama morning: Walpole

Reading about mackerel
The train pulls out of Walpole
Hopeful sun rising

What is a sherku?

One of a series written the morning after Barack Obama's historic presidential election.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Other Writing

meeting canceled; no need for
live reporting; can
catch up on other writing

What is a sherku?

Inspired by some free time created when a meeting canceled

Monday, November 03, 2008

introducing teens to poetry

To help spread the word:

Dear Friend:

According to the results of a recent survey, over 75% of the people who use share one characteristic: that they first developed an interest in poetry before their eighteenth birthday. With young people spending an average of 16.7 hours a week online, it is clear that in the long term, our best opportunity to reach new readers and writers of poetry is in their early years.

That's the reason I'm writing to you today: to ask you to join me in a new Academy of American Poets campaign to dramatically expand our programs aimed at young users of by taking fuller advantage of the technologies that the web makes available to us.

Highlights of our initiative will include:

• A new teen-specific area on with resources specially designed for younger readers
• Online chats between young readers and established poets
• Free new videos featuring favorite poets reading and discussing their work
• New and improved features at the mobile version of our website,
• Frequently updated content and resources in social networking platforms like Facebook and Myspace

These are just a few of the aspects of our project—all aimed directly at young people who need to hear our message now more than at any other time.

But in order to succeed, we need your help. These efforts will require funds for web programming and development, as well as bandwith and new software. During this back-to-school season, we raised $18,440 toward this project. We are now reaching out to users like you to raise an additional $10,000 to reach our goal and move the project forward.

With your help today, we can help start more people on the road toward appreciating poetry and, indeed, the lyricism of language and the magic and mystery of all the writing arts.

If you could contribute $10, $25, or even $100 dollars to this project, it would help us tremendously. Plus, for a donation of $25 or more, we will send you a copy of How to Eat a Poem—an anthology of poems for middle-grade readers—for your favorite young lover of poetry.

Donate today. Contributions in any amount will be greatly appreciated and will help us dramatically expand our online resources for teen readers.


Tree Swenson
Executive Director, Academy of American Poets

P.S. Again, let me know if you would like to receive How to Eat a Poem as a token of our thanks. And please pass this email on to anyone who cares as passionately as you do about creating the next generation of poetry lovers.

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