Poetry Friday–Bid Farewell Old Year


Welcoming Poetry Friday, this last one of the year,  with a simple adieu to 2017 and a humble hello to 2018–with a tanka and a poem by W. S. Merwin, To The New Year.


Look upon me in
your evening winter sky,
My haloed arc paints
a slivered picture across
December’s waning days.

Bid farewell old year,
your times sifting away.
Carry my glowing
light forward, caress your
New Year with heartfelt Peace!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan



By W. S. Merwin

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning
Read the rest of the poem at the Poetry Foundation.
Stop by Heidi Mordhorst’s blog my juicy little universe for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s offering four beautiful and sensitive poems to leave the year with, Thanks Heidi for hosting this week. 
Happy New Year to All!

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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41 Responses to Poetry Friday–Bid Farewell Old Year

  1. bjleepoet says:

    Lovely simple painting, Michelle, as always. Nice muted color scheme, and lovely poem as well. How do you get those flurries to fall across your painting, I wonder

  2. sewbussted says:

    Lovely poem 😊
    Happy New Year!

  3. Diane Mayr says:

    My haloed arc paints
    a slivered picture across
    December’s waning days.

    Lovely, Michelle. Happy painting and poetry in 2018!

  4. A very happy new year to you as well, filled with poetry and inspiration!

  5. mbhmaine says:

    What beautiful poems, Michelle, and your painting is the perfect accompaniment! I, too, love the lines,
    My haloed arc paints
    a slivered picture across
    December’s waning days.

    Wishing you a wonderful year!

  6. Beautiful….look upon me…..a gorgeous invitation.
    Happy New Year to you! I love your illustration and I imagine the city is our world and that peace will find a place to light.

  7. During this week of frigid temps, your lovely art and words brought warmth and comfort. Wishing you the happiest of new years!

  8. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for all your support of poetry and painting and being a thinker this year. Happy New Year!

  9. This post is filled with such peace. I want to stop and drink in the sights and sounds as one year passes into another. May your dove of peace bring much peace to this coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  10. I love your use of yellow to make the moon come alive and touch the buildings, bird and tree. Your paintings are always so restrained and dear. The poetry is lovely, too. Icing on the cake. A delicious post.

  11. What a beautiful way to begin my Poetry Friday reading–with this lovely painting and thoughtful poetry. Yes, we want that dove of peace flying into our 2018. All the best to you in the new year, Michelle!

  12. Linda Baie says:

    As year 2017 “sifts” away, wishing you a very happy 2018, Michelle! Love your poems shared and that lovely painting.

  13. Such a lovely post, and I love that it is full of possibility! Happy New Year, Michelle!

  14. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, another stunning combination. These words resonant in the latter poem:
    and our hopes such as they are
    invisible before us
    untouched and still possible
    Since hope is my #oneword for 2018, Merwin’s poem touched me.
    Your evening sky image paints a beautiful introduction to your poem. Please send me the combination for my winter gallery, #WinterWonderland18❄️.

  15. Words and images combine so seamlessly in your post Michelle. The idea that as this year wanes it is charged with carrying promise forward stands out for me
    ‘Carry my glowing
    light forward, caress your
    New Year with heartfelt Peace!’
    The imagery is strong in your words. Enjoyed this visit very much.

  16. We’re both looking for stillness in the New Year! Your painting and your words bring it, along with positivity!

  17. maryleehahn says:

    Yes, let us carry our glowing lights forward!

  18. I love the painting, Michelle, and the accompanying poem is just lovely! Thanks for this gentle ushering into the new year!

  19. Beautiful work! Your gentle poem softly welcomes us into the new year.

  20. Perfect poems to share, Michelle – yours especially is a great way to ease into this new dawn of possibilities!

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