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A haiku written just for you


5 per unit Virtual OK

I'll write one fresh, new, straight-from-my-head haiku poem just for you, in one of two styles (see below), on a topic of your choosing. You can choose a general topic (nature, the beach, dogs, etc.), a specific one (like your mom's birthday, your first car, your anniversary, or your favorite park), or even provide a paragraph of details and images for me to work with, whatever you like!

Let me know which of these two styles of haiku you prefer:

• 5-7-5 •

The style many of us learn about in school, where the poem is structured using a strict number of syllables.


little black cat meows
from up atop the TV
yellow eyes staring

• Traditional spirit of haiku style •

A three-line poem with a looser syllabic structure, based on more complex traditional Japanese ideas of haiku-writing. In essence, this style of haiku focuses on the contrast between two images, and the space between them.


tiny sigh
from atop the fridge
then a purr

Note: Haiku provided through this service are offered under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC 4.0). In short, poems are meant for personal, non-commercial use, with credit given to the original author. I retain the right to use these poems in my own collections. For more information on this license, check out this handy-dandy page: If you'd like to discuss a different license, please feel free to send me a message asking about it!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Training & Qualifications

I've been writing poetry, fiction, and essays for more than 20 years, and have had several poems published. I've also edited fiction and nonfiction both online and offline, professionally and otherwise, for more than a decade.

Availability & Preferences

My schedule varies from week to week, but I'm frequently available in afternoons and early evenings.

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Crystal

Jan 25, 2022
Amazing writer, extremely kind, and a great person. Will be working with her again,100% 😁
Katherine received Help with Jasmine Earl Grey Tea from Crystal
Mar 01, 2022
Thank you Crystal!! Happy to trade again, anytime! ♥
Katherine received Help with Artsy Postcards/ACEOs from Crystal
Feb 04, 2022
Happy to trade! Enjoy the tea!
Erin received Help with Teach me how to knit! from Crystal
Jan 08, 2022
Crystal is doing good work in the world - glad to be in community with her!
Tania received Help with Craft patterns from Crystal
Dec 21, 2021
Crystal provided a great list of useful patterns for eco friendly items. Thank you for sharing.
Tania provided Help with An awesome kimchi recipe for Crystal
Dec 21, 2021
Crystal is lovely to deal with and keen to have reciprocal trade. I hope she enjoys the kimchi!


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About Crystal Calhoun

Hello, fellow Simbian. ❤️ Here's me: I'm a multifaceted creative, nurturer of stories, amateur naturalist, lover of delicious things, and eternal campaigner for clear communication. My life goals focu...s on cultivating harmony and healthy connections, and my nature is to inspire and guide unexpected ideas and actions. (That last thing is a way of saying I'm kinda weird and my non-mainstreamness inevitably seeps into everything I do.) Work-ish-wise: (meaning, I've done these things for some amount of money) I’ve been a magazine editor and a copy editor, a published poet and nonfiction writer, a test knitter, a stage fighter, a fiber artist, and a face painter, among other things. I also have training or schooling in web design, UX design, and music, but my bachelor’s degree is in anthropology, which (according to one of my professors) makes me an official world-embracing hippie. My hobby time frequently involves wandering in local parks and nature preserves (often with camera in hand), noodling on my lyre, or diving deep into research on my latest topic of interest, which could be virtually anything — like ancient literature, local ethnobotany, quantum particles, or varieties of steelpan. Things I love: nature, sustainability, martial arts movies, mindfulness, engaged Buddhism, science classes, tea, textiles, slow craft, instrumental music, and culture. I'm also a strong advocate for anything that supports good emotional and mental health. Skills I can offer: • Proofreading • Copy editing • Knitting lessons or advice • Sewing lessons or advice • General problem-solving • Brainstorming • Talking about everything and nothing • Style advice • Tea recommendations • Book recommendations (depending on your genre or topic of interest — feel free to message me about it!) One thing I’m terrible at? Looking like myself in photos. (Still working on that profile picture thing.)show more

Open to other proposals
Crystal Calhoun is looking for:
  • Fun & Quirky
  • Just for Fun
  • Language Lessons
  • Music Lessons
  • Marketing
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Friendship/Listening
  • Counseling & Therapy
  • Craftwork
  • Art & Design