Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2018 MAY 23 * #2018CEH

 Haiku


rainfall dissipates
skies open above slick streets
revealing heaven


© 2018 Cheryl L. Crockett


#2018CEH #haiku #poem 
#CherylsEverydayHaiku #1aday2018
#rain #storm #clouds #sky #weather
#spring #summer #heaven #bluesky
#drizzle



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 MAY 22 * #2018CEH

 Haiku


golf ball sized hail falls
furious clouds declare war
windshield wipers oscillate


© 2018 Cheryl L. Crockett


#2018CEH #haiku #poem 
#CherylsEverydayHaiku #1aday2018
#automobiles #windshield #safety #wipers
#raining #road #hazards #dangerous
#weather #clouds #hail #storm


Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 MAY 21 * #2018CEH

 Haiku


road spray blurs brake lights
tires skid across yellow lines
rains intensify


© 2018 Cheryl L. Crockett


#2018CEH #haiku #poem 
#CherylsEverydayHaiku #1aday2018
#automobiles #traffic #safety #driving
#raining #road #hazards #dangerous
#weather #parkway #interstate #highway



This poem was inspired as I re-read this poem from May 2016 (click).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 MAY 19 * School Gun Violence Protest Poem [SONNET]


School Gun Violence Protest Poem - A Sonnet

I wonder why this only happens here.
My thoughts consume me as I sit alone.
There’s news of more and more each passing year.
Instead of sobs, I chose to write a poem.

These shootings drive us to our knees to pray,
When someone shoots at schools most every week.
For Sandy Hook, I think I wept all day.
Today, the tears did not come easily.

Because so many died, just like before,
So sick of this, I am completely done!
Who dreads the breaking news reporting more?
Next week another child, another gun….

Does this just happen in the USA?
Let’s never, ever look the other way.

©  2018 Cheryl L. Crockett



#poem #poetry #guns #school #gunviolence #protest #shootings #highschool #teen #murder #deaths

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 MAY 16 * If I Must Speak Truth to You


If I Must Speak Truth to You

If I must speak truth to you
Sorry I'll never be.
Because I’d want you also
To speak the truth to me.

If somehow I upset you
By saying what is right,
I’ll take that risk so you can always
See the Guiding Light.

When truth must bring correction,
Convenience can’t be found.
Confrontation is uncomfortable
And it can bring us down.

I read it in the Bible
I'm to speak the truth in love.
Can this be done in such a way
So that it is enough?


Speaking truth is joyful.
And Proverbs says of course
That words of truth are like a kiss.
...no reason for remorse.


But when the truth needs to be said,
Too often one may find
The listener doesn’t want to hear;
They’re simply not inclined.

To wrap my brain around this,
I ponder and surmise:
Usually ones who hear truth are
Who must apologize.

No need to ask forgiveness
Or hide and be aloof,
Just drop all trepidation
And boldly speak the truth.

©  2018 Cheryl L. Crockett



Saturday, March 31, 2018

2018 MAR 31 * #2018CEH

 Haiku


daffodils appear
groundhogs retreat
triumphant garden


By Cheryl Crockett

#2018CEH #haiku #poem 

#CherylsEverydayHaiku #1aday2018
#spring #groundhog #weather #winter

#garden #flower #yellow #daffodil


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Umoja Poem


Written expressly for Jubilee Arts in Baltimore, MD


Where does Umoja begin?
In a mixture of beige, brown and ebony skin?
That honors ancestors, and embraces our kin?
Or does it come from within?

What can Umoja  possibly be?
A continuous, dynamic solidarity?
In light, not despite of diversity?
When you think of Umoja, what do you see?

Can you hear Umoja’s call?
Respect and togetherness that benefits all?
For building of bridges and breakdown of walls?
And no one is made to feel small?

Does Umoja need more than just one day to do?
The 26th of December and then we are through?
Is it better year round, an Umoja pursuit,
When it’s evident in what we think, say and do?

Umoja begins with you!

© 2018 Cheryl L. Crockett