Quick ‪#‎pensketch‬ ‪#‎painting for W.O.M challenge on David Harrison’s blog


To Leap or Leaf

© 2016 Michelle Kogan

The last leaves of February,
linger lightly on bare branch limbs.

They’ve been whispering wise forecasts
for their forthcoming spring kinfolk.

W-w-wait for the w-w-warmth of sister sun,
before opening baby buds.

But baby buds sense the spring scents,
leap, leafing-out without a care.

Too soon say their older siblings
sailing off in springs snow shower.

The carefree baby buds begin,
fussing over frostbit edges.

They’ll pay the price for their
leap to leaf out, and leave their bud.

Fortunately fellow baby
buds heeded their kinfolk’s wise words

They waited patiently before
leaving their bountiful new buds.

Soaking up rays of sister sun,
sending strength through their curled up leaf,

Weathered springs late and last snowstorm,
providing more preparedness.

Wheeee, they leaped, lively, leafing out,
leaving behind their baby buds.


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: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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1 Response to Quick ‪#‎pensketch‬ ‪#‎painting for W.O.M challenge on David Harrison’s blog

  1. Awh lovely! What a cute pair up with the painting.

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