I believe in kindness. I’m not alone.

In February, I received in the mail a letter from a woman in California I had never met, Sherry Richert Belul. In the envelope was a handwritten note, several thoughtful pre-printed cards, and five dollars. One of the cards explained she was sending money every day for three weeks to people who had brought abundance to her life, and she was grateful for poems that I had written. I was astonished with gratitude, and wrote a poem about it, “Secret Agents,” which ended by noting how the world uses us as its agents, and we are charged with spreading good will.

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I posted the poem and a photo of her note on Facebook, and there was immediate excitement. People wrote, “I want to be a secret agent!” Within days, Sherry and I formed Secret Agents for Change, and we planned Operation Love, a seven-day challenge with daily missions that leave traces of kindness in unexpected places.

How quickly the group gained traction! I was so gladdened. Despite the heartache and pain in the world, it’s clear we want to find kindness in ourselves and in each other. And we are ready to do something about it. As I am learning, one small act of kindness can have the most astonishing global chain reaction!

What’s one kind thing you could do for someone? Write them a poem. Share it with them. You have important, heart-opening, mind-awakening things to say. Say them.

Let’s play.


Rosemerry’s new book, Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award and is now available! Click here to purchase



EMERGING FORM is a weekly podcast about the creative process. Join me and my co-host, the New York Times bestselling science writer Christie Aschwanden as we discuss creativity.  Find out more about the podcast on our website, or here on WordWoman.com

If You Love Books As I Love Books: Here is a free downloadable broadside created by Phyllis Cole-Dai of a poem I wrote in praise of books that change us (as I believe her new book, Beneath the Same Stars, will do).

Praise for Naked for Tea: This fabulous review of my most recent collection just came out from Story Circle Book Reviews. Five stars for the reviewer!

Poetry Off the Page: I am a big fan of performance poems, and it was a thrill to win the BlackBerry Peach Performance Poetry Prize this year … the video of the award ceremony (and performances) is now available on You Tube.

The Future’s So Bright: Here’s one version of what I hope it could look like, shared recently online by Gratefulness.org

How Big Is Love? I tried to figure that out in a recent poem that was chosen for Rattle’s Poets Respond. Editor Timothy Green wrote, “Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer pulls off joy in a poem. I don't know why, but any time a poet does that, it feels like I'm watching a trapeze artist land the grand finale with no net.”

All I Want to Do is Dream: And deLuge is the perfect journal for dreamers. They publish poems and artwork about dreams, including this recent poem of mine

Lyric Essentials: I love this weekly interview on Sundress, which gets poets to do recordings of another poet’s work, then talk about why that work matters to them. I chose to talk about meter, rhyme and play in May Swenson’s Poetry.

Change Your Metaphor, Change Your Life: Alan Wartes and Issa Forrest have the most remarkable radio/video show, Think Radio, and here they interview me about metaphors and showing up vulnerably.

Telluride Gal: I was recently interviewed on Telluride TV by Elissa Dickson, and we talked of how I came to live in this remote town and how poetry shapes my life here.

Poems for the Classroom: Our state poet Laureate, Joe Hutchison, spearheaded this project, getting Colorado poets into the Colorado Encyclopedia with eight poems tagged with subjects that make it easy for teachers to find poetry about physics, music, history and more. The site is open for all!

On Inspiration, Egg Sacs & the Communion of Poets: It’s an interview I did with Kaye Lynne Booth for her literary blog Writing to be Read.

A Daily Dose of Poetry:
Read my daily poems on my blog.

PDF of Rosemery's 2019 Schedule here! (for printing and emailing)