Katherine's Coffeehouse

Poetry drafts in Progress. Take a sip.



Springtime and everything switches on, electric song of peepers and honeysuckle. Nature's extraordinary reboot.

Food Stamps and Underwear

A draft by Katherine Gotthardt When asked about holes in my underwear, why it’s taking up space in my drawer, I ask instead if pink isn’t my color.
Photo by Kristaps Ungurs on Unsplash

More Haiku for National Poetry Month 2023

As we wrap up the month, here are some more small offerings.
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Potting, a Haiku

potting succulents

Quincy Market (a draft)

Dankness of the parking garage. First level always, because my father liked to be early.

Haiku for National Poetry Month

Poetry based on vss365 and Mindful Writing course prompts


A haiku based on the #vss365 writing prompt "priority"

Easter Haiku

For my mother-in-law, Doris "Dorie" Gotthardt, who, battling cancer, sang at sunrise service at Colonial Beach.

Now Entering Manassas / Próximo Arribo – Manassas

Katherine’s poem “Now Entering Manassas” was the winner of the adult “time capsule” poetry contest. Katherine read her poem April 1 at the 150th anniversary celebration, the translated version by Jorge de Villasante was read in Spanish by Bianca Menendez, her poem was published in Neighbors of Historic Manassas magazine, and it was included in …

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Massachusetts, Circa 1988 I am thinking about the first time anyone heard the word computer. Was it like when I learned what Windows was? Or how a GPS could magically take me anywhere I wanted without getting lost? No more need to stop in for maps I’d never fold back in their envelopes. Those required …

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