Poetry Friday & #NaPoWriMo Nature


Speak for Nature

Who will speak for nature?
In spring when all is renewed, reborn,
buds unfolding, magically coming to life,
soil oozing over your shoes,
filled with nutrients–All kinds
of crawlers and creepers
enriching our plants,
robins calling back and forth
preparing nests for offspring, and
wrens doggedly returning to their
territorial jammed-packed-branch-filled houses,
columbine emerging like a rocket while,
fanning out their clover-shaped leaves
eagerly from the ground.
That indescribable, perfumed lilac memory
that returns you to your childhood,
and the tingle running through you
when breathing in springs raindrops . . .
Warmth pouring in your window
on a rainless spring day, lifting your sprits
from winter’s darkness, and away
from so many daily travails.
Nature’s voice though strong,
needs our continued compassion and care,
so we may hear her rein in again next spring.
I will speak for Nature!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

I wanted to share another spring poem that has a flavor similar to mine. I went on a spring hunt and came up with a poem by William Wordsworth. You can read the rest of his poem at the Poetry Foundation

Lines Written in Early Spring
I heard a thousand blended notes, 
While in a grove I sate reclined, 
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts 
Bring sad thoughts to the mind. 
To her fair works did Nature link 
The human soul that through me ran; 
And much it grieved my heart to think 
What man has made of man. 
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, 
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; 
And ’tis my faith that every flower 
Enjoys the air it breathes. 


The Poetry Roundup this week is being hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem, make sure to stop by she’s been working on ARTSPEAKS! Portraits poems.

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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24 Responses to Poetry Friday & #NaPoWriMo Nature

  1. Perhaps now more than ever we need to speak for Nature, and to share her beauty with those who might have forgotten how precious, and fragile, she is!

  2. Laura Shovan says:

    These lines are so true. Amazing sensory details, Michelle. I could feel it!

    That indescribable, perfumed lilac memory
    that returns you to your childhood,
    and the tingle running through you
    when breathing in springs raindrops . . .

  3. dorireads says:

    You speak well! I think my favorite lines are these: the tingle running through you / when breathing in springs raindrops.

  4. Irene Latham says:

    Michelle, you not only speak for nature, you paint for nature! So beautiful – what a celebration. Thank you! xo
    p.s. checking my mail: is it my bunny? is my bunny there yet? Now? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. jama says:

    What a lovely poem and pic pairing today, Michelle. Thank you for reminding us to look at and appreciate all that Nature gives us, especially the glorious gifts of Spring!

  6. Love all the details of sight and sound and feel that wrap me up a your spring day!

  7. lindabaie says:

    Your painting and your poem answer some of the question, Michelle, because now we know you speak for nature. I am sorrowful for what is happening like Wordsworth wrote so long ago: “And much it grieved my heart to think /What man has made of man.” Yet you bring hope, too in “Warmth pouring in your window/on a rainless spring day, lifting your sprits/from winter’s darkness/” Lovely for us all.

  8. You speak for Nature so beautifully, Michelle, in watercolor and in words. If the poets and activists don’t speak for nature, who will these days? I enjoyed your pairing of the poem with Wordsworth, too—not a bad poet to share a similarly flavored poem with! 🙂

  9. Such a beautiful illustration for the poem. Nicely, nicely done.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    I’ll join the chorus FOR nature! We’re going to need to sing loud and strong!!

  11. Michelle, your poem evokes so many beautiful images. I’ve always loved lilacs, and they remind me of my grandmother, so I think that line is my favorite. Although, I agree, we have have to speak for Nature! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Both poems remind us to speak FOR nature, as well as to speak TO it…for we can learn so much, Thanks for sharing both of these!

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