Poetry Friday: Poem Swap & Response

I received a surprise envelope all the way from tropical Hawaii this week. With these lovely drawings and haiku to accompany. They came from Joy Acey, and she also sent me a beautiful card with a view of their “island light house,” at Kilauea, that looks down into the magical cobalt and cerulean blue waters. Thank you for these tropical treasures Joy!  

1-Joy-Acey-red-ginger-8-24-2017     1-Joy-Acey-In-Grass-Petals-8-24-2017

Hawaiian ginger                                                  In the grass
red torches light up the night                           shower trees
scenting the air                                                   rain down petals
Joy Acey © 2017                                                   Joy Acey © 2017



In a crystal vase
Bird of Paradise dances
yearning to fly
Joy Acey © 2017

Also at Kilauea, Joy mentioned there is a bird sanctuary, and one of the birds there is the Nēnē Hawaiian Goose, (pronounced Nay-Nay). As a response and thank you I’m sharing this painting that I did a while back of the Nēnē and a few haiku. I have for a long time been creating art on many endangered species to shed more light on their plight. Here’s more info about the Nēnē.  Fortunately the Nēnē have made a remarkable come back in Hawaii, and I hope this continues. I used a bit of fantasy and set my  Nēnē in one of the tropical greenhouses of our Chicago Botanic Garden. As I was painting it, I had a few people ask me if the birds were in the area. Joy also talked about these additional birds in this same sanctuary, Shearwaters, Egrets, Albatross, and the Red Footed Booby. This last bird is stunning and I will return to it for both painting and writing.


nēnē visits
imaginary tropics
longing for home.

hawaiian nēnē
need native habitat
to survive

nēnē transforming
claw feet carry them across
their lava land.

©2017 Michelle Kogan

This weeks Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by Jone MacCulloch, thanks Jone! Stop by her blog for more poems at Check it out, 

P.S. Slipping in a slight add for myself …

I’m having a SALE in my online Etsy Shop:
Michelle Kogan Fine Art
(Nēnē’s are there as cards and prints)

Pre~Post Labor Day Sale,
through September 17, 2017



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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32 Responses to Poetry Friday: Poem Swap & Response

  1. katswhiskers says:

    Such beautiful artwork, Michelle. The down feather-affect is so real. (And the alliteration in your final haiku is lovely!) Enjoying the rain in Joy’s haiku – and that wistful bird of paradise!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Irene Latham says:

    Oh wow, tropical treasures, indeed! I love Joy’s red torches especially. And your art (and art sale!) is lovely and rich. Thank you! xo

  3. Gorgeous words and images, Michelle. Thank you for brightening my overcast morning!

  4. lindabaie says:

    A nephew posts pics of his bird of paradise, and I do love Joy’s poem about it. They do look as if they’re “yearning to fly”. Your art is wonderful, Michelle. I’ll look for that red booby in the future, it with the blue-footed ones are favorite birds! Love hearing about the nēnē, too, new to me!

  5. dmayr says:

    Both your work and that of Joy are a delight. So colorful and full of hope. I can’t imagine what it like in a lush landscape–I’m head-over-heels when I find a simple red columbine in the woods!

  6. Gorgeous! I loved encountering NeNe in Hawaii, glad to hear they’re making a comeback!

  7. I feel as happy as if I were going to visit Hawaii. I love that Bird of Paradise, yearning to fly. I know just how it feels. Wonderful post.

  8. joyacey says:

    I have art envy. What a beautiful watercolor. You’ve captured the corded neck of the Nene perfectly and the antheria is fantastic. I must come see those gardens.

  9. Such lovely paintings and words–both offered and received. It makes my heart happy to see all the poetry swapping around this summer.

  10. Love the tropical treasures that Joy sent you–and your nene is beautiful!

  11. Wow – I was a lucky recipient of Joy’s treasures this summer, too, and I sure love seeing these here. Your work and hers together in this post, and the stories and locations behind them, all sing together.
    I look forward to sharing my colorful gifts from YOU soon! :0) (PS – Good luck with the Etsy sale.)

    • joyacey says:

      Hey Robin,
      I’m at Highlights for a Poetry Retreat with Eileen Spinelli. I’m staying in “Uncle Jack’s” cabin. The guest book has a sketch you did of a robin in its nest on the porch. It is a beautiful sketch. Wish you were here too.

  12. What a visually gorgeous post. Joy and you are quite the artists and poets. So enjoyed this, Michelle, as well as your Etsy shop. You do beautiful work!

  13. Donna Smith says:

    What a beautiful blending of the arts here!

  14. margaretsmn says:

    A wonderful combination of poetry and art!

  15. Gorgeous offerings from Joy and response from you. Just lovely. Paradise in a post, you might say.

  16. maryleehahn says:


  17. Tabatha says:

    You two did a delightful conversation! I love birds of paradise, and real birds 🙂

  18. A rich array of color and imagination. You and Joy make a great tag team!

  19. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, as usual I am always appreciative of your beautiful artwork. The nene bird is vividly portrayed by you and your poems take me to Hawaii. Speaking of Hawaii, Joy provided inspirational image poems for the swap.

  20. macrush53 says:

    Such beautiful tapestries of art and words. I always enjoy the envelopes from Joy such neat surprises! Thank you for sharing your Etsy shop.

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