Poetry Friday-Haiku/Character sketch


Character sketch: 1969 School Day Tale Told in Tankas


I’ve been reading Jacqueline Woodson’s brown girl dreaming, and I’m going to close out my last Poetry Friday post for Women’s Month with a passage from her book; along with a poem of mine that was inspired by her passage. 

From brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

“Somewhere in my brain
each laugh, tear and lullaby
becomes memory.”


Here’s my haiku

single memories
mold our characters like clay,
and build who we are.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan


For more poems and the Poetry Friday Round Up visit Catherine at Reading to the Core

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: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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37 Responses to Poetry Friday-Haiku/Character sketch

  1. Nice, Michelle – the illustration as well as the haiku! As soon as I saw the pic, I thought of ‘Brown Girl Dreaming,’ and then you said that’s where you got your inspiration from…very well done.

  2. Oh, “Brown Girl Dreaming” just broke my heart, so incredibly beautiful. As a librarian, her passages on her experiences going to the library, being able to choose her own books, and finding a story about a little African American boy, just fired up my soul.

  3. Brown Girl Dreaming was inspiring indeed.

  4. Lovely, Michelle…..and the perfect response to BGD. It makes you part of the story. Bravo.

  5. Irene Latham says:

    Yes! Memories do shape us, don’t they? And they are malleable, often changing shape as we experience more LIFE. Thank you!

  6. katswhiskers says:

    Both the sketch and the haiku are beautiful, Michelle. Personal and real.

  7. I still haven’t read Brown Girl Dreaming. I do need to rectify that. Thank you for sharing both poems about the power of memory.

  8. Donna Smith says:

    I guess it is time to read Brown Girl Dreaming!
    Just so you know, some words were used from a poem on your post to use in the new Scavenger Hunt today! http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2017/03/poetry-friday.html

  9. jama says:

    Enjoyed reading your response to BGD (truly a masterpiece). Wonderful illustration to go with your poem, too.

  10. lindabaie says:

    I loved Brown Girl Dreaming, so love your haiku & sketch. Our memories form from those layers and layers of us! I’m reading an older book by Woodson now, Feathers, also touching poetry. Thanks Michelle for sharing your art in sketches and in words.

  11. ldk says:

    Love your haiku, Michelle. Brown Girl Dreaming is one of my favorites!

  12. maryleehahn says:

    What a great way to honor Woodson and her book!

  13. I love, love, love BGD! Your sketch and haiku are both inspired and a delight, Michelle. Thanks for sharing. =)

  14. Alice Nine says:

    Love your sketch and haiku paired with BGD.

  15. I love the idea of our memories sculpting our character, and the echo between your haiku and Jacqueline Woodson’s. Nicely done!

  16. Thanks for sharing, Michelle – I couldn’t put down Brown Girl Dreaming & am not surprised it inspired your own creating!

  17. haitiruth says:

    I loved that book, too – and so do my students! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  18. dorireads says:

    Nice, Michelle. I enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming and your response is lovely. Those memories do carve out their own space in our hearts.

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