Spotlight Poet August 2018 Rock a Little


Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

The spotlight this month is on the poet

Rock-a-little, aka Gypsy, Cheryl L. Johnson.

Rock was a beacon of light on AP

and in Late Night Poets in particular.

This gentle soul, so popular with the members

recently passed from an illness

she will be greatly missed and strongly-remembered.

Cheryl lived in Alabama and South Carolina,

splitting her time between the two.

She had a Bachelors degree in English

and worked as an educator in that field,

as well as handling approval of the Ph.D

dissertation proposal and admission to candidacy process.

Rock had three years as a member on AP,

the last six moths a welcome presence on the Late Night Poets

and a frequent caller and reader on LNP’s nightly radio programs.

She often described our group and members as part of her family.

Rock-a-little’s diverse interests included surfing,

bookstores and Starbucks, music, storms, and her Sea

She also collected Vinyl albums

Favorite music included Stevie Nicks,

Fleetwood Mac, and Lana Del Rey.

She loved to vacation in Myrtle beach,

the ocean a close presence. Rock loved storms,

ironically hated sunny days unless she was at the beach…

Her favorite quotes include :

“Never have I been a blue calm sea; I have always been a storm.”

“Poet, priest of nothing” Nicks

“I am haunted by waters.” -MacClean

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire,

live by love though the stars walk backward.” -Cummings

”in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten” -Neruda

“I greatly admire Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Pablo Neruda, E.E.

Cummings, Maya Angelou, J.R.R. Tolkien, Norman MacClean, Leonard

Cohen, among many, many others.” Gypsy had a special presence, as

did her poetry and touched many of us in a short period of time.

She will be sorely missed by all.

1 thought on “Spotlight Poet August 2018 Rock a Little”

  1. beautifully done an honor to her


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