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Riehlife Poem of the Day: “Sure There Are Things to Worry About,” by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is a word woman of the finest caliber. On Ryezome, a delicate on-line tracery of her poem-a-day practice, you'll find accessible well-crafted poems that will make a difference in how you view your life.

Susan Tweit introduces her as a favorite poet of real life. Of those who think of themselves as real poets, I think the quality of their work varies, just like that of real writers.

One of my favorite poets is my friend Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Rosemerry is a mom of two pre-schoolers, and operator with her husband of a 20,000-tree organic fruit orchard in a remote canyon in western Colorado. She still finds time to write poetry every night, and to travel and teach poetry workshops. Here's one of her middle-of-the-night poems:

Sure There Are Things to Worry About
by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Late March and the river is indifferent still,
too lazy to be half empty or half full.
On the ends of the branches the peach blossoms
throb inside tight gray clusters, pushing pink

despite the prediction for cold next week.
So much to ripen, if given the chance.
The air hums electric with the pollen dance
And the orchard grass is dressed in white apricot bloom.

In the shuttered room next door to my desk
sleeps a girl in her crib, a boy in his bed,
neither worried one bit about frost.

He knows that tonight there were bats in the yard.
She knows her blanket is velvety warm.
I know I go on loving, no matter the weather.

Copyright 2010 Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry's signature poem is one by Rumi:

On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open
and the love starts.
Today is such a day.

More on Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

She's a poet and teacher, as well as a mom and organic-orchard owner. Her books have won awards--her latest, Holding Three Things at Once, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards.

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  1. It's all there. Rosemerry has etched the picture in words—and that slice of life is complete.

    The rest is up to the reader.

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