Ambition by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer


I am so far from the woman
I want to be, so far
from humility and simplicity.
I dream of clearing
not only the shelves,
not only the closets,
but also the cluttered inner rooms
that crowd out the divine.
Every day I search for ways
to best meet the day—
with poems, beautiful meals,
with songs, with praise—
so many ways to be radiant,
but I suspect all the day wants
is for me to meet it
and all that comes into my path
with kindness, with spaciousness.
In my effort to be good, to be whole,
I make it so difficult, this life.
The day doesn’t seem to hold
my exuberance against me.
It shows up as always,
generous as a new tomorrow,
quiet as dawn.


Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer co-hosts Emerging Form (a podcast on creative process). Her most recent collection is All the Honey, available for pre-order now (comes out April 18, 2023). Her daily audio series, The Poetic Path, can be found on the Ritual app, her daily poetry practice can be read on her blog, A Hundred Falling Veils. And her new book of poetry prompts, Exploring Poetry of Presence II: Prompts to deepen your writing practice is available the first week of May.