Ranunculus, Beauty, and Owl, WIP, watercolor and watercolor pencil, © 2017 Michelle Kogan
they are picked.
I know they are.
In this vase
they flash their
some bold and erudite,
some quiet and polite,
a cackle of
they’ve packed it
action in gear
no time to waste.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
For Poetry Friday this month I’m featuring different Women poets, in honor of Women’s History Month. Today I’m focusing on Mary Oliver. My poem Ranunculus was inspired by Mary Oliver’s poem The Hummingbirds. You can find the entire poem in her book, Blue Horses.
In this book
there are many hummingbirds
the blue-throated, the bumblebee, the calliope,
the cinnamon, the lucifer, and of course
Well, that’s all you can do.
For they’re swift as the wind
and they fly, not across the pages but,
like many shy and otherworldly things,
I know you’ll keep looking now that I’ve told you.
I’m hungry to see them too, but I can’t
hold them back even for a moment, they’re
busy, as all things are, with their own lives.
Detail from The Best of Today’s Little Ditty, 2014-2015, Art © Michelle Kogan
Head over to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog, Today’s Little Ditty for the Poetry Roundup and other intriguing treats-She’s featuring Helen Frost this month, who challenged us to write an Ode poem of an object involving the senses. My poem Ode to Spring Soil was included on Michelle’s blog this week.