Sunday, May 31, 2009

summer breeze

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

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

His legacy

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

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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

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Originally uploaded by shersteve

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

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gov Patrick stood tall

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

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

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gov Patrick says

My Grandmother forbid us
To say we’re poor; “you’re broke,
Broke is temporary.”

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This is a "found" poem - Governor Patrick said this during his visit to Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09).

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gov Patrick says

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

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gov Patrick says

We better start behaving
Like we are members
Of the same community

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This is a "found" poem - Governor Patrick said this during his visit to Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09).

Monday, May 18, 2009


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

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


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

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Sunday, May 10, 2009


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

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sherku: Wind chimes

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

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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

On the web at:

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


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

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

SOBCon: e-commerce

customers number one
favorite thing, free shipping
retail is details

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SOBCon: spy

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

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SOBCon09 - Day 1

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

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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