Voices–Students, Poets, and Poets Postcards

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!


Iridescent night
clothed in brilliant jewels–
hope sparkles
© 2017 Carol Varsalona, all rights reserved


Delicate crystal
Chandeliers twinkle and chime;
Trees slumber soundly.
© 2018 Donna JT Smith, all right reserved
Image: from Donna’s front window, winter 2018.


first morning 
grains of sand holding
our stories
© 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.

1-Trochilidae (Hummingbirds) , Ernst Haechel postcard from Tababtha 2-2018

Postcard from Tabatha Yeatts, above and below–poem by Robert Peake
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
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.


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.



Deep down under water
Chinook salmon dreams of
arabesque iris fields–

Up above, in mid air
Hines Emerald dreams of
submerged Anubias.

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!



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 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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10 Responses to Voices–Students, Poets, and Poets Postcards

  1. margaretsmn says:

    What a rich post of poetry! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful postcards and your poems from the February challenge. I like seeing them here because sometimes FB buries them and they are hard to find. I have been moved by the students at Stoneman Douglas as well. They are such an inspiration!

  2. jama says:

    Thanks for all you shared today, Michelle. Enjoyed both your poems. I’ve also been moved by the MSD students, who’ve shown more courage, passion, and common sense on the side of right than many of our elected officials. A sad state of affairs in this country when children must protest because adults have failed them.

  3. lindabaie says:

    I am hopeful. Some good news today of companies cutting ties to the NRA helps, and I think that comes straight from the students’ protests. Thanks for your words to act, Michelle. They are beautiful messages.

  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What a treasure today! The postcards have been lovely to send and receive. I love your painting, your poetic response to it, and most of all your words and poems in support of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High. They have renewed my hope that change is possible if we all raise our voices together.

  5. What a wonderful collection of art and poetry. I love that idea of being a citizen of poetry. I would take that train.

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