Poetry Friday and Fairies



June Fairies full of Sprite,
never ever full of fright.

Summer solstice very near,
spinning magic that’s sincere.

Heavy skies fade away,
when the fairies come and play.

Catch their view if you can,
fireflies flicker out their plan.

Beeelieeeve in fairy dust,
Plant some dreams–heartfelt trust.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

It’s June, and I’m lost in my flowers who offer me momentary respite and calm from the world around us. In that light, here’s another Fairy poem, The Best Game the Fairies Play, by Rose Fyleman who I recently discovered via the Poetry Foundation. She wrote plays, poetry and stories for children, studied opera, and also was a teacher. You can read the rest of her poem and more about her at the Poetry Foundation

The best game the fairies play,
    The best game of all,
Is sliding down steeples—
    (You know they’re very tall).
You fly to the weathercock,
    And when you hear it crow,
You fold your wings and clutch your things
    And then let go!

Poetry Friday is being hosted by Mary Lee Hahn and she’s offering up a game of Checkers. Stop by her blog, A Year of Reading,  for the Poetry Friday Roundup.

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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31 Responses to Poetry Friday and Fairies

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Love! 💖🦄 Love! 💖🦄 Love! 💖🦄 Beautiful art work and poem too! 💖😊💖😊

  2. maryleehahn says:

    I saw the first fireflies of the year last night! I can totally believe that they and the bees and butterflies are collaborating with the fairies that flit unseen in my garden!!

  3. lindabaie says:

    We don’t have fireflies in Colorado, but I know that we do have fairies! Love the art and poem, Michelle, that “plant some dreams”. There is a feeling of such satisfaction when imagining fairies, I think. Summer fun, too!

  4. There’s nothing quite like a garden or a field of flowers to help soothe the soul!

  5. I love the fairies playing in the garden! Last summer we planted a pollinator garden and it has come back like gangbusters this year. I like to imagine the fairies enjoy it along with the bees and butterflies–and the lightning bugs that are now out.

  6. mbhmaine says:

    Your painting is a lovely illustration for your poem and I’m utterly delighted by the idea of fireflies flashing out fairy plans. On a side note–Rose Fylman is dear to my heart because she wrote a poem that my grandmother used to recite to me: I Think Mice Are Rather Nice.

  7. What fun fairies have! I think of the many dragon and damselflies that hover near my garden and bird baths as fairy playmates.

  8. katswhiskers says:

    I like the way your Monarch butterflies have shaped your fairy wings. 🙂 Sweet poems.

  9. I could get lost in blue irises….they are my favs! Beautiful work.

  10. Beautiful irises, Michelle. So glad the June Faeries have finally brought summer here – we’ve been waiting a long time!

  11. haitiruth says:

    I like your June fairies! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  12. jama says:

    Your June fairies have made me feel lighter and happier. Love those butterfly wings too!

  13. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your fairies are delightful little creatures, just right for fancy fun like cloud-catching’s and mud-mixing after rain. There is so much joy in this post today, just right for letting my mind wander while I wait for the phone call on the new arrival.

  14. Gorgeous irises. Love the painting, the fairies and the poem.

  15. Irene Latham says:

    Oh I do love your June fairies and that long-held believe…. yes! Thank you for sharing! xo

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