Thursday, May 28, 2020


She sits quietly

warming a clutch of blue eggs

waiting for hatchlings—

He sits in a nearby spruce

singing her a love song

-Linda Kulp Trout

 A big thank you to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Loon, An Owl, and Animal Babies

Three beautiful new books arrived on my porch this week.  All of them are about babies! 

SECRETS OF THE LOON is the latest book by the amazing Laura Purdie Salas.  I'm so happy to add this book to my "Laura" collection. Laura's poetry and Chuck Dayton's photographs combine to make every spread breathtaking.  The opening scene blew me away.

Below white pines, at water's edge,
in guarded nest of mud and sedge,
squeezed inside an olive egg,
bill meets wing meets folded leg.

Isn't that lovely?  The book has a magical feel to it.  It's one I know I'll read again and again.

 Smriti Prasadam-Halls is a new-to-me author. I'm not sure how I found WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD, but sometimes the right book comes to us when we need it. I love the soothing way it reads like a lullaby.  Jaime Kim's illustrations portray "tender scenes between animals and their babies..."  The book begins with a human mother holding her newborn.

  Welcome, little baby,
round your mama curled.
  Welcome, little baby.
Welcome to your world!

This book would make a great gift for new parents!

Maria Gianferrari's new poetry picture book WHOO-KU HAIKU: A Great Horned Owl Story is illustrated by Jonathan Voss. I love stories told through haiku, and a bonus is that I learned a lot too!

Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking.
A hole, cracking. Cracking. Crack!
Pink owlet peeks out.

Readers young and old will enjoy and learn from all three of these books!  

A big thank you to Jama for hosting today's Poetry Friday on her blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Haiku and Tanka

For the past few weeks, I've been jotting haiku and tanka in my notebook before bed.  These are drafts that I might go back to someday and work on a bit more.  Mostly, I'm just trying to take notice of what is happening in my life right now. Writing helps me do that.

the stream along our walking path

the lake we love to visit

we walk hand-in-hand

on a path we know so well

yet always seems new

walking the shoreline

we navigate ebbs and flows—

our life together

a bench by the lake

dedicated to someone

I have never met

sitting in a place she loved—

I think we would have been friends

this uncertain spring

we begin to discover

the unfamiliar

in a life we once believed

would always be familiar

©Linda Kulp Trout

A big thank you to Elizabeth Steinglass for hosting today's Poetry Friday. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Pandemic Haiku

During this time of staying at home, The Highlights Foundation has been providing some amazing free webinar sessions.  Earlier this week, the fabulous Leslea Newman presented "Poetry to Soothe the Soul."   Leslea shared insight into her writing process and tips for writing poetry.  She also shared her Pandemic Haiku and assigned attendees to write a series of their own.  I had fun with it!

A daily delight—

robins outside my window

morning serenade

Old-fashioned breakfast,

French toast like I made before

life got too busy.

Senior citizens

masked, gloved, social distancing,

swarm grocery aisles.

Soapy hands sing

two rounds of “Happy Birthday”

twenty looong seconds!

Today’s agenda:

admire robins, trees, sky—

Write a poem.

Outside for a walk,

neighbors on porches greet me

from across the street.

Streaming old Sci-Fi—

I wonder. Are we living

in The Twilight Zone?

©Linda Kulp Trout

Thank you to Christie at Wondering and Wandering for hosting today's Poetry Friday!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Alone Doesn't Have to be Lonely

Outside My Window

A robin is building her nest.
A cherry tree wears her new pink dress.
A rabbit nibbles tender green shoots.
A chipmunk scurries among tree roots.

This solitary morning,
nature reminds me—

doesn't have to be lonely.

© Linda Kulp Trout

A special thank you to Heidi for hosting this week atMy Juicy Little Universe

Thursday, March 26, 2020


I love READ! READ! READ! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater so I have been looking forward to her new collection, WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke.  Her inspiring poems cover all aspects of the writing process from discovering "Ideas (like Peaches)" to the "Final Edit" and beyond.   Amy's poems connect heart to heart with writers of all ages to show that no matter who we are or where we're from, our voices must be heard. The illustrations are expressive and totally gorgeous! This book would make a lovely gift for all the teachers and writers in your life!

A special thank you to Amy for giving me permission to share one of my favorites from the collection.

Writing is for Everyone

Writing is for everyone.
I know this to be true
for you cannot be me
and I cannot be you.

You do not think
the things I think.
I do not choose
the words you choose.
We laugh at different jokes.
We hold opposing views.

One of us writes articles.
One of us writes plays.
Writing is a fingerprint.
It helps us touch our days.

A variety of voices
creates the sweetest chorus. 
Our words on paper say
We're here.
We write. 
You can't ignore us.

©Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

A huge thank you to Tabatha for hosting today at The Opposite of Indifference.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

TP Emergency

There was a video clip on the news last night showing people loading their carts and tussling over packages of toilet paper.  One woman with a cart that looked like the one in this picture chased another woman through the store after she took one of the packages. 

A clinical psychologist explained that buying tons of toilet paper helps people feel a sense of control and being prepared.  Hmmm.   I jotted a quick poem to share today. I hope it makes you smile. 

TP Emergency

Don’t walk.

The TP emergency
has begun.

Buy a roll.
Buy a case.
Buy every package
in the place!

Cotton soft
or bamboo,
in a pinch—
either will do

One -ply, two-ply
three-ply, four.

Double up
if you need more!

The emergency
has begun!

Grab your TP!


©Linda Kulp Trout

A big thank you to Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme for hosting today.