Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Sad Reality

I hadn’t planned on posting this week, but something has been on my mind, and I want to share it.  I am heartbroken about the young children who died last weekend due to gun violence. Reading about the little girl riding in her mother's car, the boy playing in the yard, the girl visiting her grandma... sad beyond word. The story of the little boy watching fireworks hit me especially hard. How can it be that while I was enjoying fireworks, a child was dying?  How many innocent children and families have to suffer before our leaders take action to stop it?  Sometimes, it's just too much. This morning, I picked up a pencil and paper. This is what I wrote.

July 4th.

I stood in my backyard

and watched

as fireworks shot

through the night sky,




into a rainbow of colors—

taking my breath away.

In another city,

in another backyard,

a small boy


as fireworks shot

through the night sky,




from out of nowhere
of a different kind
sliced the summer air

his breath


©Linda Kulp Trout

Thank you to Ruth for hosting today's Poetry Friday.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Something On My Mind

As you can see by this picture, I am a fan of Nikki Grimes' poetry.  I have been collecting her books for many years, and there are many more titles in my Kindle. I've given her books as gifts, donated them, and used them with my students as writing prompts.

SOMETHING ON MY MIND was the book that started off my Nikki Grimes collection.   I love this book. The poems are full of heart and conversational.  Tom Feeling's art is expressive and lovely.  It's a book I've read and shared more times than I can remember.


When I was teaching, I often used SOMETHING ON MY MIND in my classroom. The title, illustrations, and poems made wonderful writing prompts for my elementary and middle school students.  The poems invite young writers to express their own feelings and experiences through poetry. 

Here is my favorite poem from the collection:

Grandma filling up this porch
with laughing
and stories about when
Mama was a little girl
and Grandma would hug me
and say
I was her very special own granddaughter.
But now she's gone.
I miss her--

Although SOMETHING ON MY MIND was published 1978, the poems are just as relevant today.

A big thank you to Irene for hosting this very special Poetry Friday at Live Your Poem. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Two Robins

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