Category Archives: Cherita

42 – Day 1


I wonder what you’re thinking

grey, fluffy cat, looming,
eyes wide, black; tail twitching

could it be you’re plotting
your escape, or my demise
I know, I know…it’s dinner time


For Jane Dougherty’s May Daily Poetry Challenge “42”. This one is tricky. We start with a Cherita which is a short poem that tells a story. It consists of a one-line stanza, followed by a two-line stanza, and then finishing with a three-line stanza. Sounds easy, right? Jane added an extra challenge. For May’s Cherita? the first line asks a question or makes a statement that begs a question, the second stanza/two lines sets the scene or the background, the last stanza/three lines answers the question or resolves it in some way.

The hardest part for me was coming up with a question! Fortunately I live in a house full of animals. They are always doing things that make me wonder. One question down, 30 more to go. Maybe we’ll solve the mystery of the universe this month. Or maybe not. Thanks Jane. This one’s a challenge. And you know I love a good one. 🙂

Cherita #28

heavy with tears

clouds hover
wet and cold

daring us to believe
that sun and blue sky exist
beyond the grey


A final Cherita for this short month and wondering what March will bring. Thanks to Jane Dougherty for introducing me to this lovely little form. And thank you for joining me on the journey. ❤

Cherita #27

cardinal perched aloft

high above the frosted earth
winter’s snap, an early spring denies

do you curse the cold as humans do
or can you feel the sun more keenly
amidst the spindly bones of trees?


Cherita #26


disembodied hearts

collect on street corners, fireplace mantles,
at railroad crossings, town squares, in graveyards,

disguised as deflating mylar balloons, wilted flowers
teddy bears, weathered hand-written notes
beating ever faintly in syncopation with the rain


Cherita ~ Day 25

i could tell you

it is too soon for spring
another icy snap is inevitable

but you won’t listen
which is why I love you
fearless are you in fragility



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