Linda Kulp Trout

Thursday, December 16, 2021

A Poem and A Song



Angels Everywhere

My mother collects angels

on shelves, tables, desktops—

in every room of our house.


I asked her why so many.

She said they remind us,

angels are everywhere.


At first I didn’t understand,

then I thought of the man

on that scorching summer day

who stopped on the highway to help

when Daddy’s car broke down.


I thought about that lady,

someone we never met,

who quietly set a box –

(turkey and all the trimmings)

on our snow-covered porch.


I thought about Grandma

living two states away—

the neighbor who checks on her,

shovels her sidewalk,

mows her lawn, brings in her mail.


And the poet who came to our school

telling me my words matter,

filling my heart with hope,

making me believe

I can be a poet too. 

There are people who give.

There are people who care.

My mother was right.


are everywhere

©Linda Kulp Trout 

Angels have been on my mind lately.  Maybe it's the season. I think of my mother every time I look at the angels on our Christmas tree. Mom collected angels and kept them out all year long. They brought her comfort and made her feel less alone.  Back then, I didn't realize just how lonely she was. The older I get, the more I understand how hard her last years must have been. The angels on my tree remind me to check in with my elderly neighbors even if it is just to say hello.

And, I have always loved the song, "Angels Among Us" by Alabama. Every time I hear it, I'm reminded of the angels in my life who have supported, encouraged, and helped me in so many ways.   Somehow they always show up just when I need them the most.  They have given me so much without asking for anything in return.  They fill my heart with gratitude and love. I hope each one of them knows how much they mean to me.

Speaking of gratitude, a big thank you to Jone for hosting today's Poetry Friday.

I wish you and yours a magical holiday season and a happy, healthy 2022!



  1. Those crocheted angels are so sweet, Linda, and your poem memory covers life, all things we must be sure to notice, to remember. Happy Holidays to you & your family!

  2. Your mother was smart to remind her children that angels are around us, quietly doing their work. They "are everywhere." Lovely tribute poem to your Mom.

    1. Thank you, Janice. Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. What a lovely, heartfelt post. Love your poem and memories of your mom. I agree angels are everywhere, often showing up when we least expect them. Have a beautiful Christmas, Linda!

  4. Thank you, Jama. Merry Christmas!

  5. Linda: Thanks for this post! I have experienced angels also. And once, a preschool girl told me about pink angels seen out her window in the snow! Thank you for reminding me... we all need them.

  6. Thank you, Karen. Children are wonderful teachers! Have a wonderful holiday!

  7. Thank you, Donna. Merry Christmas!

  8. Love that poet made it on your angel list!

    1. Buffy, I had to include my poetry angels! Happy holidays!

  9. My mom, too, right down to that song! Your poem contains big truths.

    1. Thank you, Mary Lee. Have a wonderful holiday!

  10. Outstanding, heartfelt post. I love the idea of a poetry angel. Hugs to you and memories of your mom.

  11. Heavenly post, Linda! And a great reminder of the angels around us and a call to action for the angels within us. :)

  12. Angels ARE everywhere--I wonder if it's time the ones on our trees looked more like the ones on our streets? Wishing you all that's merry and bright, Linda.

  13. Thank you, Heidi. Merry Christmas!

  14. Lovely poem and post Linda, I'm happy to welcome all the angels out there. Merriest wishes for the Holiday Season with lots of Joy too!

  15. So lovely! And such a good reminder to look for angels and BE an angel for others. Hugs to you!

  16. Thank you, Sylvia. Happy holidays! Hugs to you too!