Critter poem and sketch for 2016


Critters Midnight Serenade
Michelle Kogan © 2015

Peregrine bounced on
the high wire as we all
clung on for dear life… Birrrd
baaan, kak-kak, he called, off
after New Years eeeeve.”

K-k-k- okay, 
cackled squirrel, “let’s start.”
Sparrow spread the streamers,
Monk parakeet passed hats,
“Yay, hooray,” sang sparrow!

Hurry, snows hiiiiding
our mooooonlight, sang Falcon. 
Almost ready for
midnight’s serenade… Cheee,
middle Ceeee, sang Sparrow. 

All critters were tuned.
But, squirrel who’s tone deaf
made fire crac-kles-sssss…
Chee-chee, one, two, threeeee, led 
sparrow, Happppyyyy Newww Yearrrr!!!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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