Happy Poetry Friday! I have a bevy of poems and postcards to share. I’m starting with my last batch of the New Year postcard swap, that was organized by Jone Rush MacCulloch. Many thanks Jone they’ve been a treasure in so many ways! Thanks also for your beautiful words and images to Carol, Donna, Jone, Shelley, and Tabatha, whose postcards I have featured below!
clothed in brilliant jewels–
© 2017 Carol Varsalona, all rights reserved
Chandeliers twinkle and chime;
Trees slumber soundly.
© 2018 Donna JT Smith, all right reserved
Image: from Donna’s front window, winter 2018.
grains of sand holding
© 2018 jone rush macculloch, all rights reserved
Image: Tillamook Head, Seaside, OR.
Swollen with intention, you
pull at me,
away from me.
She hails the King tide.
© 2018 Shelley Wright, all rights reserved.
Postcard from Tabatha Yeatts, above and below–poem by Robert Peake
Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur (1904)
Voices have been ever present on my mind since last weeks horrible shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. I am so taken and encouraged by these strong, intelligent, forthright, students who are coming forward, speaking, gathering, protesting, and demanding change! I’ve written another poem in response to their actions. This is a Skinny poem–the skinny was created by Truth Thomas–and I learned about them while participating in Laura Shovan’s 6th Annual February Daily Poem Project. Here’s a link for more on skinny poems.
STUDENTS DEMANDING CHANGE
Lofty lawmakers heed their voices, voices rising high!
voices rising high, heed their voices lofty, lawmakers!
©2018 Michelle Kogan
Another voice I feel needs support are the voices of our endangered species. I shared the art below as a prompt on Laura Shovan’s 6th Annual February Daily Poem site, on Thursday, it’s a watercolor painting in progress. Here’s the poem I wrote for it.
CHINOOK AND HINES EMERALD
Deep down under water
Chinook salmon dreams of
arabesque iris fields–
Up above, in mid air
Hines Emerald dreams of
Hear their dreams, hold them close,
secure them in nature–
Change them from endangered.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Thanks to Elizabeth Steinglass for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week!