Tuesday, June 28, 2022

sherku: time will tell

Patience, patience;

Patience can be


Until one



Thursday, June 16, 2022

Sherku: That joy

Oh the simple 
Joy of finishing
The ice cream
Directly from 
The carton

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Town budget limerick

There once was a budget from Franklin
Where every line was tight as a mandolin 
But wouldn't you know
People wouldn't show
Cause the finances were maudlin

In advance of the Town of Franklin budget hearings scheduled for the Town Council this week. https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/webforms/fy-23-budget-materials

sherku: people watching

The reaction
Of a small
Child or dog
Meeting someone
Reveals so much

sherku: sign post

Blackened metal
Sign stands blandly
Pointing nowhere
Ready for
Scrap recycling

Monday, March 21, 2022

sherku: best foot

Stop, do you
Ever think about
Which foot you
Put forward
When you start walking?

sherku: pop top

Do you ever
Think about
what finger you
Use when opening
A pop top can?

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

sherku: hearts of kindness

masked or not,
life on the edge
or not, let’s find 
within ourselves
hearts of kindness

created to accompany the "hearts of Kindness" displayed as it returned to the Franklin Town Common this week -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/hearts-of-kindness-return-to-town-common.html

Photo album can be found online -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/zmbQif3AKSz3j3D86

sherku: hearts of kindness
sherku: hearts of kindness

Monday, February 14, 2022

sherku: curtain rod

You can really
Mess it up
Very easily
By screwing
In the wrong place

Friday, February 11, 2022

sherku: choice

Of the white lines 
On the highway
Or stay local
And walk to work 

sherku: butterfly

Will you dance
And return 
To the island 
Of the young
Will you dance 

sherku: dance

I don’t want 
to rest in peace
I want to dance
Dance in joy 
Dance in the graveyard

Really a "foundku" as most of the words are from the song by Irish music group Runa


Wednesday, February 09, 2022

one day, every day

I am afraid, I have no more tears

If Hollywood comes to grips with the age gap

Will the Russian tanks back away from the Ukraine 

Will talcum baby powder be banned globally 

Will the trucker boycott release the Canadian city

I am afraid, I have no more tears

I am afraid, I have no more tears

If Cuban migrants in a sinking vessel can get rescued off the coast of Florida

Will Americans no longer be exposed to toxic BPA at levels far above what EU considers safe

Will Seal candidates no longer die during ‘Hell Week’ training sessions

Will the Texas butterfly sanctuary forced to close after far-right threats reopen

I am afraid, I have no more tears

I am afraid, I have no more tears

If the Olympics are supposed to bring rings of glory

Will the agony of failure and defeat be sold as the price of gold and glory

Will country borders divide us, deny us common humanity

Will the state of emergency bring us to our senses 

I am afraid, I have no more tears

I am afraid, I have no more tears

Whether Canadian, Ukrainian, Cuban, or American 

Found in Texas, Florida, or globally 

Neither trucks nor tanks, nor vessels 

Hold baby powder, or butterflies, or have enough time for a study 

I am afraid, I have no more tears


Composed in response to the series of articles and headlines at The Guardian.com on Feb 6, 2022  https://www.theguardian.com/international

Monday, January 31, 2022

sherku: dry triptych

Dry 1

very few remakes
are better than
the original
so which one is art

Dry 2

I went to
the Van Gogh
and did not
even get wet

Dry 3

"I dream of
painting then
I paint my dream"
if only
we all could
do that too

Reflection on my visit to the Van Gogh immersive experience

Sunday, January 30, 2022

sherku: warmth

Soft fibers
Shades of tan
Counted and
Crocheted warm

sherku: rest

storm clean up
shovels, blowers, 
plows, backs bending,
heavy breathing 
earns a good rest

sherku: all in

Finish clearing 
The snow, take
A walk, photos
Along the way
Home for breakfast

sherku: blizzard 5

Use this method
Or that one
Either way
The carrots
Come out just

Another way of saying my wife's method of preparing the soup was not the one I used

Saturday, January 29, 2022

sherku: blizzard 4

Basho's verse
Stops and starts
Snow drift bends
And curls to
A point away
From the wall

Upon completion of Jane Hirshfield's The Heart of Haiku

sherku: blizzard 3

Think of snow
A few flakes
Gently falling 
Not this time
Small powders
Mad dash left

sherku: blizzard 2

Snow flakes swirl
So much motion
I'll wait until
They settle
Before shoveling

sherku: blizzard 1

The wind has 
Swirled a
Bare spot in
The middle
Of the snow
Covered driveway

Friday, January 28, 2022

sherku: solution

Stuck on a
Problem? step
Back, let it
Simmer until
The solution
Pops right up

sherku: Legos

Many shapes
And colors
To create 
When it clicks

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

sherku: work rate 3

mincing a
garlic clove
doesn't take
long but you
it for a while

sherku: work rate 2

with two shovels
and twenty 
minutes I can 
clear the driveway 
of an inch of snow

sherku: work rate 1

ten shirts an hour
is what it takes
me to handle
my dress shirt

sherku: rice

many grains 
of rice so small 
and precious 
white or long grain 
a meal staple


Monday, January 17, 2022

sherku: turning

Sunflower like
Turning towards
Light always
Away from dark

sherku: wings

Hunger drives
Life cycle
Opens to fly 

sherku: guardian

Who's around
To give you a
Pat on the back
For doing what
Needs to be done

sherku: pebbles

Stone in my shoe
Stops movement
until removed
And tossed away
To resume stride

Saturday, January 15, 2022

sherku: syllable quintet

Vocal beats
Compose the phrase
Build to the
Sentence and
More to the
Full story

Paint spots not



Threads woven


For all time



And wonder

An attempt

To bring you

Along the ride

Breathe rhythm 

Of heart beats

I just wanted

You to know

That this is

Me trying

You show me

Many colors 

In the tapestry

I can't see 

with anyone else

Inspired by conversation at the writer's group about syllables and sherku; at the same time informed by video of Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift albums on Disney. A fun way to spend a cold day!

Friday, January 07, 2022

sherku: more practice

Ten inches
No problem
Snow thrower
Won't start up
No problem
Shovels ready

Ready for part two with shovels
Ready for part two with shovels; after all was done, I did get the snow thrower working for next time 

Monday, January 03, 2022

sherku: blizzard '78

Across the
Wide freeway the
Pyramid rose
As white as
The snow we sledded

Sunday, January 02, 2022

sherku: birthmark duo

Came back again
More cruel 
Not creation
A revelation 

Turning back
Another long cloak
Shrouding the truth
Of what he
Already was

"he came back again and again to the notion that his inflictions of pain, which grew more cruel and calculated with every passing year, were not creations but revelations, each turning back another cloak shrouding the truth of what he already was. “A birthmark,” he wrote to me. "

Saturday, January 01, 2022

sherku: naive

Once upon a time
Was something 
We all thought we
Could hold onto

sherku: starting now

Do look up
Do look down
Do look around
Center self
Take a breath
Go forward