Poetry Friday: Marjory Douglas Stoneman High

1-February Garden 2017



Circles of life shattered, emptying hearts
at Stoneman Douglas High, February 14, 2018.
A powerful, pointless eclipse blocked all light
by a semiautomatic AR-15 riffle.
40 bullets spewed upholding our U.S. second amendment,
leaving all vulnerable in a surreal reality.
Hugs and prayers for all,
but prayers are not enough,
Do Something!

©2017 Michelle Kogan

With a heavy heart I’m offering this poem for Poetry Friday. I began it from a prompt that was on Laura Shovan’s 6th Annual February Daily Poem Project. We are composing ekphrastic poems this month, though I only used the image as a point of departure, for my heart was consumed by this horrible action.

I learned today about the Avielle Foundation, It was started by Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, Avielle’s parents who are both scientists, and who lost their six year old daughter Avielle during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. They are working to “prevent violence and build compassion” through “neuroscience research aimed at understanding the brain’s chemistry, structure, and circuits that lead to violence and compassion.” In addition to research they also offer educational  ways for all of us to get involved. I plan on spending time at this site and learning more about what they are doing and how I can help out.

Thanks Jone for hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup! Visit Jones blog Check It Out


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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33 Responses to Poetry Friday: Marjory Douglas Stoneman High

  1. mbhmaine says:

    Michelle, I read your poem on Laura’s page and commented there as well. Thank you so much for including information about the Avielle Foundation here. I find myself heartbroken and wondering what to do and this gives me a starting place.

  2. Irene Latham says:

    Thank you, Michelle, for your poem. Your words help. xo

  3. lindabaie says:

    It’s a powerful poem, Michelle. “Blocked all light” fits many emotions.

  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Like you, I turned to poetry for help and comfort in responding to the tragedy at Douglas Stoneman. Thank you for offering your poem and for sharing about the Avielle Foundation. I’ll be exploring more and looking for ways to make a difference.

  5. Michelle, this line holds the power: A powerful, pointless eclipse blocked all light. Did the inspiration come from the Eclipse corrugated artwork image? Life is so fragile and uncertain but violence is unconscionable.

  6. jama says:

    Thanks for the poem, Michelle, expressing what we all feel. A tragic week.

  7. Tabatha says:

    “Do something” is right! Thanks for the info about the Avielle Foundation.

  8. Your broken flowers broke my heart, Michelle…

  9. Do something is right, Michelle. But who and when? I will check out work of the Avielle Foundation, too.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    Your poem is powerful, especially these lines,
    “A powerful, pointless eclipse blocked all light
    by a semiautomatic AR-15 riffle.
    40 bullets spewed upholding our U.S. second amendment,
    leaving all vulnerable in a surreal reality.”
    but it is your painting that makes tears spring to my eyes. You have embodied loss and sadness with those broken flowers.

    In my district, we have taken part in the “Start With Hello” program that Sandy Hook Promise has launched. https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/bringstartwithhello

  11. haitiruth says:

    Thank you, Michelle. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  12. Heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking. We’ve started having “active shooter” drills at work. My God, it just boggles my mind and breaks my heart.

  13. Thank you for sharing your grief and determination, Michelle. For those of us who also feel like those sad flowers, this post is a comfort and a first step.

  14. The Avielle Foundation is amazing. I listened to an NPR interview of the parents….Thank you for turning your grief into art. It’s so important that we keep pushing for change. Artists are in the edge of that, always.

  15. margaretsmn says:

    Something has to change. I hope the lawmakers hear the cries this time, but I am so disillusioned about it all. Grief over lives lost. Grief over failed protection. Grief. What can we do but turn to art and poetry? Thanks for pointing me to the Avielle Foundation.

  16. macrush53 says:

    Your illustration and poem is a strong response to the heartbreak on Valentine’s Day. I am still wrapping my head around it and the lack of any change. I am rooting for those teenage survivors to start and continue a movement that will create change. How many more lives need to lost>

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