Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Big Balloon - Published by: Halcyon Days, Issue 10, Summer 2018

Big Balloon


Balloons at the baby shower are big, 

they are larger than her plastic ball,

the toddler’s arms can’t circle around one. 

Light and bouncy, she plays with them, 

picks up three by the ties,

plays a drop and scatter game. 


She runs after a pink one,

presses her face into thin rubber, 

bites with her new teeth.  

An explosion shatters thirty people to silence. 

Eyes rivet on startled Wrenna  

who doesn’t wail but looks like she might.


Being the center of attention can mean approval.

She lifts two tentative hands and claps. 

Following her lead,

everyone in the room claps and cheers,  

she claps, shouts “yeah!” 

and beams a brilliant smile. 


Sometimes in life, you get to decide how to react. 

In a choice between cry or laugh, 

try smiles, they’re infectious, 

others just might join you.


Date Published: June 22, 2018


Senryu - 2018 H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest: Honorable Mention - Published Online by Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga, Issue 25, July 2018

Frost Moon - Astronomy without Borders Contest 2018 - Adult Category - Honorable Mention