The Phoenix Election Day Ashes- sketch & poem


The Phoenix
Election Day Ashes
© Michelle Kogan 2016

The phoenix rose out of her ashes,
raising her wings proudly
while examining the turbulence,
muttering not a sound…

The air uncannily sat silent,
deliberating her
next directive, weary with the world.
Balance–suggested air.

Phoenix nodded approvingly, eyed
air, while water waited . . . 
Transparency, rippled out water.
Of course replied Phoenix.

Earth’s sandstorm wrapped around Phoenix, but
Phoenix determined for
Earth’s guidance opened their arena, and
Earth silenced her sandstorm.

Time, be the guardian of our time . . .
Phoenix’s brow grimaced,
from her heavy tasks–prepared–took flight,
hoping for compassion.

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 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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