Poetry Friday: Ocean cherita

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You caught me – I’m having fun with the cherita form again!

I enjoyed writing last week’s end-of-summer cherita so much, I just had to do it again. And I was fortunate to finally put words to a photo I’d taken a month ago while my wife & I were spending our anniversary in York Beach, Maine. The photo has been stuck in my head ever since I snapped it, so I’m glad I was able to provide it some poetic justice. I also wanted to include a lot of internal rhyme, and I think I managed to do so without being too heavy-handed.

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25 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Ocean cherita

  1. Being a lover of the photo, I am impressed with how you created the digital inspiration. The tones you used work wonderfully with the poem and I love the faint script in the background, Matt. I captured image poem and will see how to fit it in the gallery.


  2. Niiiiiice! I especially love the “freshwater fingers” of the previous cherita. What do you like about this form? I’m trying to figure out what makes such a simple little shape work. Enjoy your back-to-school time!


    1. Thank you, Heidi! I’ve always liked poetry for its compact nature and emotional impact…and the cherita form is a perfect way to showcase these two characteristics. It’s also a good form to teach students, as its primary function is to tell a story without worrying about rhyme, syllable count, or meter.


  3. Your photo is gorgeous and I love the faint background print. It’s perfect and adds a sort of timeless feel. Your recent cheritas (and Diane’s) are nudging me to try this form. I love your opening line. It could be the beginning of a picture book–Simple yet opening a world of possibilities!


  4. Michelle Kogan

    Lovely Cherita Matt, it “rolls” through the “swells” and then some. It works well with the image–and the image is telling a story–I like the cursive handwriting in it too.


  5. Pingback: Poetry Friday: Quechee Gorge cherita – Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

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