Poetry Friday: A back-to-school cherita

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My wife snapped the photo above this past Wednesday, a few hours after the kids had come home from their second day of the new school year. Since it has been unseasonably hot these past few days – and since the schools have no air conditioning (here in New Hampshire, we don’t need it) – we thought they might enjoy a quick trip to a local lake to cool off and relax.

My thanks to fellow New Hampshirite Diane Mayr, who has been writing so many cheritas of late that I finally decided I needed to write my first one! A cherita, to define it, is a poetic form in the tradition of haiku and tanka, but is different in that it need not be as lyrical and emotionally-surprising, and is written to tell a story. It consists of 3 stanzas made up of 1, 2, and 3 lines, respectively.

Of course, there’s more poetry to be found! Robyn Hood Black is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup at her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge, so head on over for all the poetry links and info!


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28 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A back-to-school cherita

  1. lindabaie

    I know things are different since both are in school now, love those “freshwater fingers”, to hold on to! I wrote about a clinging to summer too. Best wishes for a wonderful autumn, Matt.


  2. Kay Mcgriff

    Lovely cherita and photo. I hope the weather cools off soon. I remember getting out of school early because of the heat. Way back then most schools weren’t air conditioned even in North Carolina. Those early September afternoons were brutal.


  3. What a terrific way to cool off after a hot day at school. The cherita form is new to me. I’ll have to explore it a bit more. Love those freshwater fingers. Was the line inspired by the picture?


  4. You sold me on the cherita style. I have got to try my hand at it. Your story is beautifully woven. I like the design and the flow of the words so much that I would like to add this to my summer gallery, Matt.


  5. I love this Matt! My kids don’t go back to school here in NY until Thursday, so I am holding on tightly with my “freshwater fingers”. I visit Great Pond in Maine once a year, but didn’t get there this summer, and your beautiful photo is making me nostalgic for the lake. I hope your children have a wonderful school year.


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