Friday, December 31, 2010

sherku: coincidence

Ribbon highway
Clover leaf, fly overs
Truck merges in front
Plate says “Blue Ant”

Yes, this really did occur while listening to Pattern Recognition via and driving to work.

What is a sherku?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

sherku: Cayce Pollard

In her solitude
Cayce pronounced as ‘case’
Slips on a shrunken
Boys t-shirt

What is a sherku?

In response to @mywordwizard prompt of “in her solitude”
while starting to re-read William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition"

Saturday, December 25, 2010

sherku: she runs

That is the second
Woman out running
In her new gear
On Christmas morning

What is a sherku?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

sherku: framed moon

We could always rely
On tree branches
To frame the moon
Reflecting sun light

What is a sherku?

Tweeted Saturday, 12/18/10 in response to a prompt from @mywordwizard

@ sherku: we could always rely/ on tree branches/ to frame the moon/ reflecting sun light// 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sherku: closing

Lights laughter music
numbers run down
Dutchman's secret only
Margaret knows

What is a sherku?

Originally tweeted on 12/11/10 and then posted at

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sherku: Lydia

too many stories
over hot chocolate
Lydia sings of
faithless love

What is a sherku?

Originally tweeted on 12/11/10 and then posted at

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sherku: Harvest café

Harvest cafe
Harpoon winter warmer
East of Shirley
let the music flow

What is a sherku?

Originally tweeted on 12/11/10 and then posted at

Sunday, December 19, 2010

sherku: Winter run

it was biting cold
but we felt
so good heading home
with the wind
at our backs

What is a sherku?

Originally tweeted on 12/11/10 and then posted at

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sherku: still cooking

Longhorn exhales
into the night
grey on grey
I guess not
all are abed

What is a sherku?

Originally tweeted on 12/11/10 and then posted at

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

sherku: slippery slope

Into deep divide
Not going down that
Slippery slope

What is a sherku?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

sherku: dissipation

Harry’s world
Dissipates as we
Leave the theater
Burst into
Sunny blue sky

What is a sherku?

Friday, November 26, 2010

sherku: November view

Leaves blown away
Solid rocks
Stand amongst
Trees leaning
Upon one another

What is a sherku?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sherku: simple pleasure

great fresh and crunchy
even better later
when the frosted
graham gets happy


What is a sherku?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sherku: burst

cold morning
running the hill
reach the peak
so happy to see
trees in color

Originally tweeted as:

Sherku: burst - cold morning/ running the hill/ reach the peak/ so happy to see/ trees in color// #140poets

What is a sherku?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

sherku: mistake

Someone makes
A mistake
Others pay for it
Sitting, waiting
For it to clear

What is a sherku?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

sherku: signs of life

Branches reaching
Roots digging
There’s life in the trunk
We’ll see signs of
Come spring

What is a sherku?

Monday, November 15, 2010

sherku: inviting

Smelling the wood fire
Seeing breath
The neighbors
House lights are
More inviting

What is a sherku?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

sherku: Droid

My poor Droid’s
Battery was taxed
Needs to charge
Pen and paper
Capture thoughts now

What is a sherku?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

sherku: doneness

Grilling pork
In the dark
Will be my
Doneness test

What is a sherku?

Friday, November 12, 2010

sherku: masquerade

With the leaves down
A chill in the air
The rain clouds can
As snow clouds

What is a sherku?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

sherku: woodpecker

That pesky woodpecker
Is back again
Trying to make
His home in my house

What is a sherku?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sherku: loving you

There are times
When it all
Comes so easy
Running sweat
Breathing deep
Loving you

for Dolores

What is a sherku?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

sherku: lunch

There is much joy 
In a fluffernutter 
Sandwich this 
Saturday afternoon

What is a sherku?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

sherku: new airport

Should I be concerned
our destination
is not shown
on cocktail
napkin map

What is a sherku?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

sherku: growing old

Gray hair, salt and
pepper beard
Grayness moving
Down the body
Arms, chest, oh my!

What is a sherku?

Monday, October 11, 2010

sherku: flying

Flying to Florida
Book’s got me
Rummaging amongst
A kicked bees nest

What is a sherku?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

sherku: shedding

Pine cones, acorns
Pine needles and leaves
Natures sheds to renew
What about you?

What is a sherku?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

sherku: molly

Moving and beeping
On the line
Lines so straight
Lines so worn
You do stop and watch

What is a sherku?

In honor of Molly, the automated mail cart (likely a distant cousin of HAL).

Friday, September 17, 2010

sherku: Exercise time

When the lights go out 
Roll your chair back 
Raise arms and stretch 
To get the lights back on

What is a sherku?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

sherku: Knowing III

Don’t worry about
What you could have known
Go on with knowing
What you know now

sherku: Knowing II

There is comfort 
In not knowing 
Until you find out 
Something you should have known

sherku: Knowing 1

I know that
I don't know all
I need to explore
what I don't know
and should know

Originally posted to Twitter and tagged as #140poets #twitpoem

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

sherku: mist defying

backpacks swaying
ears plugged elsewhere
gather on the corner

originally Tweeted and tagged as #140poets

Saturday, September 04, 2010

sherku: be distinct

Take the ball 
Share something 
You have learned 
With someone 
In a way that matters

Monday, August 30, 2010

sherku: remember the pan

What’s so 
Important to 
Interrupt when 
Brushing my teeth? 
The pan on the stove

Sunday, August 29, 2010

sherku: September

Alarmed with
Slumbering news
Coffee, shower
Dressing for school
Day starts anew

originally posted to Twitter as "Sherku: September - alarmed with/ slumbering news/ coffee, shower/ dressing the/ school day starts anew// #140poets #twitpoem"
for Dolores

Thursday, August 26, 2010

sherku: remembering

The rains came
For so long
Now chased by the sun
Will I remember
How to grill?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

sherku: all for you

Did my writing 
To clear my head 
Did my running 
To clear my legs 
All for you

composed on the run, Sunday 8/22/10

sherku: in the moment

In the moment
Running, sweating
In the rain
I pray to be
One with the world

composed on the run, Sunday 8/22/10

sherku: the issue

Channels, content 
creation, ownership 
it comes down to 
eyeballs and funding

Originally tweeted as a summary of the first session at PubCampBOS on Saturday, August 21.

Sherku: the issue - Channels, content/ creation, ownership/ it comes down to/ eyeballs and funding// #140poets #pubcampbos

Sunday, August 15, 2010

sherku: happy anniversary

Let’s get a card 
That says it well 
For both of us 
Twenty eight years 
After all

What is a sherku

For Dolores

Sunday, July 25, 2010

sherku: special ingredient

Our lips when
Spooning batter
Into muffin pans

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sherku: De Temps Antan

don't understand 
the lyrics 
doesn't matter 
the beat's got my 
French blood going

Originally composed and tweeted from the Lowell Folk Festival at Boarding House Park
 #lff #140poets #twitpoem

Information on the group, De Temps Antan can be found on their MySpace page here

Lowell Folk Festival - 2

CVS sunscreen
smells like bubblegum
harkens me
back to the day
of pops

Originally composed and tweeted from the Lowell Folk Festival at Boarding House Park
 #lff  #140poets  #twitpoem

Lowell Folk Festival - 1

Sound checks, sunscreen
chair placements
lots of looking
around at the
gathering crowd

Originally composed and tweeted from the Lowell Folk Festival at Boarding House Park.
 #lff #140poets #twitpoem

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

sherku: after networking

Half moon in
A wispy shawl
Next to stacked
Clouds putting on
Quite a light show

This was composed after the New Prosperity Initiative's Social Changeup4, while driving home heading due west on the MA Turnpike into and then under this scene.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

sherku: fetal position

Police found
The two bodies
In a fetal
Position facing
Each other

This is a 'found' poem. The text was contained in the news article picked up by the Boston Globe about an elderly couple who were found dead in their Florida home. The elevator had been stuck between floors.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

sherku: creativity

In the space
and boredom

This is a 'found' poem. I found and slightly manipulated the text to fit the sherku format. The original text can be found in the Newsweek article here:

Monday, July 12, 2010

sherku: house rules

The fact that 
you do worry 
about being 
a good mom 
means that 
you are one 

A 'found' sherku. The text was found in Jodi Picoult's House Rules and modified to become a sherku.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

sherku: driving

Cloud bridge - i84 in CT
Originally uploaded by shersteve
new growth trees
ribboned highway
under the bridge
of clouds into
the blue beyond

this was originally posted to twitter #140poets #twitpoem

Monday, June 28, 2010

midsummer heat

I was cool 
In the pool 
Now hot on the spot 
Will I cope 
On the heat tightrope

Saturday, June 12, 2010

sherku: candle light

Candle light
Walking the track 
Under the lights 
Relay for life 
Mother’s birthday 

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

sherku: refreshing

Water is to 
The body 
As education 
Is to your life 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Morning Memo

Rhinestone cowboy
Rhombus Rhodes
morning rhapsody

What is a sherku

This was inspired by the MondayMorningMemo by RH Williams on 2/22/10

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Poem on the Range

An email from the Academy of American Poets reveals:

Take some poetic license and hit the road in 2010. During National Poetry Month, also known as April, the Academy of American Poets will launch a collaborative multimedia-mapping project—Poem on the Range.
The Academy is calling on bookworms, road-trippers, and literary wayfarers to help picture poetry in place by submitting footage of poetic landmarks, cities, dwellings, streets, roadside ephemera, and other places immortalized by iconic poems.
Share footage from a poetic pilgrimage, or go the extra mile by capturing the experience on video while you read the poem on location. Tag submissions with a short note on what the poem, place, or poet means to you, and upload geotagged content to the Academy's Poem on the Range group page on Flickr or the Academy's Facebook Page, add it to the "Poem on the Range" Google Map, or email your videos or photos to

Entries received by April 21, 2010, will be considered for a special National Poetry Month feature on, and top entries will be thanked with enough poetry goods to keep you well-versed for all those miles to go.
Need poems to roam by? Get started with a selection of poems about place by visiting
Rules of the Road (a.k.a. Guidelines):
1. Submit your videos or pictures (with a brief description) to Flickr, Facebook, Google Maps, or via email to by April 21, 2010.
2. Tag all content with the poet's name, poem title, and location (please do not submit content featuring your own poetry).

Monday, February 08, 2010

sherku: super bowl ads

super bowl ads
come from a real
teenage wasteland
as old guys sing
who are you

What is a sherku?

originally posted to Twitter and tagged with   #140poets #twitpoem

Friday, February 05, 2010

dirty secret

Dirty secret
Of social media
Is how laborious
It all is

What is a sherku

This is a "found poem" in that it came from a line that @julespieri spoke during a panel discussion during the LaunchCamp on Thursday 2/4/10. 

This was tweeted and tagged as #140poets #launchcamp #twitpoem

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Happy birthday, Galway

Galway Kinnell's birthday is today.

Click through to the Poetry Foundation to read and hear some of his works.

morning light

I give thanks
morning light
joy amongst friends
continuing to learn

What is a sherku

This was prompted by the news that the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog is ending