Poetry Friday–STILLNESS OF TREETOPS & sketch


Happy Poetry Friday! I took a break one morning, before going off to teach and started this poem. I think it began as a Fib, but don’t remember. I had every intention of sketching the view through my studio window that inspired the poem. But alas, when the view was there I wasn’t available, so it’s a bit of a memory sketch.



take in
the stillness
of treetops in the
morning’s curving, autumnal leaves.
Swaying , weeping willow’s whisper,
stoic cedars still as statues,
leafless trees but proud–
All singing

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

I’m sharing Mary Oliver reading her poem WILD GEESE, from Krista Tippett’s interview with her ON BEING.



Jane at Raincity Librarian is hosing the Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks for hosting Jane and all the best with your NEW BOOK!



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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16 Responses to Poetry Friday–STILLNESS OF TREETOPS & sketch

  1. Two beautiful poems and a lovely sketch to boot! So much beauty in one post. I love the alliteration in “weeping willow’s whisper”.

  2. lindabaie says:

    All wonderful, Michelle. I envy you your ability to capture a moment in both words and art. These are beautiful, love that you ended with “so long”, a farewell not often used anymore. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. jama says:

    So lovely. “Leafless trees but proud . . . ” You captured such a beautiful moment and I love the vantage point of being above the treetops.

  4. Yes, I am in awe of your ability to capture the beauty of a moment on both words and images. These are lovely.

  5. Laura Shovan says:

    I’m enjoying the sketches and paintings that you share here and on social media, Michelle. Your poem reminds me of the old part of my town. Standing on the hilltop, you can look out over rooftops from the 2000s, 1900s, even 1800s, all gathered on the slope.

  6. What a beautiful poem and painting.

  7. Tabatha says:

    Your sketch hits the spot, Michelle. It’s interesting how, for me, the word “curving” brings to mind leaves that are dry, curved over in their brittleness. Just one word can set a whole scene in my head!

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