Poetry Friday–Poems/Marching for Truth


I’m participating in Chicago’s TRUTH March this Saturday, and my thoughts have been filled with questions about Truth. Hence I’m sharing poems about Truth, and the front of my eco poster (back not done yet . . . ). The second poem is by Gwendolyn Brooks and you can read the rest of her poem at the Poetry Foundation. BTW The Poetry Foundation is sharing posts about Gwendolyn Brooks this month honoring her 100th Birthday.

Be sure to stop by Buffy Silverman’s Blog, she’s hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, and featuring If You Were the Moon, Laura Purdie Salis’ new book. Thanks for hosting Buffy!

Time-Transparent Truth

Leaning spring branches sway
gracefully in the breeze.
Leaning towards one side
while listening to all.

Leaning old building beams
crying out for repair–
Leaning foundation finds
time for rebalancing.

Leaning lies outweigh truths
souls seek transparency.
Leaning voices fighting
for time-transparent Truth!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan



And if sun comes
How shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him
After so lengthy a
Session with shade?

Though we have wept for him,
Though we have prayed
All through the night-years—
What if we wake one shimmering morning
Hear the fierce hammering
Of his firm knuckles
Hard on the door?

Shall we not shudder?—
Shall we not flee
Into the shelter, the dear thick shelter
Of the familiar
Propitious haze?



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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday–Poems/Marching for Truth

  1. jama says:

    Lovely poster and great poems. Thank you for marching tomorrow!

  2. lindabaie says:

    I can’t march tomorrow because I’m working at the bookstore. Thanks for marching, and for writing your truth, too, Michelle. Perhaps if we all “lean” hard enough, those lies will become transparent. I like the “leaning” connections you’ve made.

  3. Love your poster and poem–and that you are marching for truth!

  4. margaretsmn says:

    Your poster is quite awesome! Carry it with pride for all of us.

  5. Love the poster. I need a poster, too!

  6. Love your poster, Michelle! It is, indeed, “time for rebalancing.” I hope the voice of truth is heard loud and clear on Saturday.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    LOVE your poster! I was at the Columbus, OH March for Truth!

  8. How heartbreaking that we need to fight and march for truth and reason, but I’m so glad that you and so many others are taking up the fight!

  9. Thank you for marching and for sharing truth with your poems and art.

  10. Tabatha says:

    Beautiful poster, Michelle! I drew one myself that wasn’t a quarter so lovely. Time does make the truth transparent. I’m looking forward to waking one shimmering morning to
    “Hear the fierce hammering
    Of his firm knuckles
    Hard on the door”

  11. cvarsalona says:

    You have awakened the senses with your thoughts and poster, Michelle. I hope as truth marches on that the nation becomes more aware of nature’s gifts and our responsibilities to preserve them. This poster is a must for the spring gallery. Okay?

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