Summer Poetry Swap 2017-Growing Writing for Poetry Friday


1-LInda-Baie-Poem-book-7-2017 I’m participating in the Summer Poetry Swap that was created by Tabatha Yeatts. The end of June, a lovey poetry garden surprise arrived in the mail, from my poetry friend Linda Baie; along with additional swag. I’m sharing her accordion poem, Tending for Poetry Friday. You can find more of Linda’s poems at her blog Teacher Dance



Take each word, plant its seed,
now you need a pen.
Create scents and feelings true;
cross out every weed.
Stir the smooth into the rough,
only truth will do.
Find where whispers rise
In between the lines.
Flowers flourish on the page,
you’ve grown a poetry prize.

Linda Baie ©2017 All Rights Reserved


Thanks for the beautiful poem and art Linda! I’ve written a poem and created some art as a thank you.


Growing a garden
is like writing a story
it takes time and passion.

Planting a seed
is like sketching a character
it takes thought and patience.

Tending your seedlings
is like building arcs
it takes tinkering and persistence.

Weeding between plants
is like revising your draft
it takes tenacity and perseverance

Harvesting your crop
is like completing your book
it takes tenderness and poise.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted this week by Carol Varsalona, thanks Carol,  at Beyond Literacy Link



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: and her website:
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28 Responses to Summer Poetry Swap 2017-Growing Writing for Poetry Friday

  1. M and L, I love how your words grew, with silver bells and cockle shells. 🙂

  2. Oh, my goodness…what a beautiful collaboration between the two of you. I love the accordian poem. I need to try that sometime….now you need a pen! And, the response….just perfect. You two need to work together again.

  3. Irene Latham says:

    How lovely! I am completely enamored of Linda’s accordion presentation! I am hearing whispers all over this post. Thank you, both! xo

  4. lindabaie says:

    Wow, thanks for planting the seeds, Michelle. Your poem growing is lovely. I need to keep it with my swap file! What a wonderful surprise!

  5. cvarsalona says:

    Wow! Linda and Michelle, you have created a wonderful collaboration of thoughts, accordions of thought spreading across the page. Maybe we should think about partner poems for my next gallery. That would be fun.

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I love your artwork at the top.

  7. Love the accordion poem and the lovely way the two of you compliment each other!

  8. mbhmaine says:

    It’s such fun peeking at the Summer Poetry Swap poems and marveling at all the creative energy!

  9. margaretsmn says:

    Love the poetry swap and how together we grow poems, one seed at a time. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a lovely meeting of poetic hearts and minds! Together you’ve grown something beautiful!

  11. maryleehahn says:

    What a fun pair of poems — like call and response!

  12. dmayr says:

    Amazing how the swap poets find so many different ways of presenting their poems! I enjoyed your response poem–we should all do a little more writing in response.

  13. Donna Smith says:

    It’s fun when one good poem creates another!

  14. Linda’s accordion poem is such a treasure, and perfect for you, Michelle. Your poem is lovely and true. It does take all those “t” and “p” words (how clever!) to bring our writing and our gardens to fruition. Thank you for sharing!

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