Poetry Friday–Life and Flowers


Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in-between and so are the seasons. Winter still is holding on, but signs of green spring are pushing through the softened earth. So I’m sharing an in-between WIP painting, poem about life and flowers, and a Mary Oliver poem.


Allure of flowers
intoxicates me–
Magically calling me
to capture their essence,
before they disappear.
A reminder of life’s,
peaks and valleys,
it’s fleeting time…
Meant for us to 
desire and treasure 

© 2018 Michelle Kogan


by Mary Oliver

I do not know what gorgeous thing
      the bluebird keeps saying,
his voice easing out of his throat,
      beak, body into the pink air
of the early morning. I like it
      whatever it is. Sometimes
it seems the only thing in the world
      that is without dark thoughts.

Read the rest of Mary Oliver’s poem  at A Poem A Day


Thanks Michelle HeidenrichBarnes for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup! Stop by Michelle’s blog Today’s Little Ditty for more poems! She’s featuring Golden Shovel poems this month,  as the prompt from her  Classroom Connections interview with  Nikki Grimes!

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
This entry was posted in Nature, Painting, Poem, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Poetry Friday–Life and Flowers

  1. jama says:

    These poems are a lovely preview to Spring and warmer, prettier days ahead. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. lindabaie says:

    Just that being content as Oliver writes and then “to capture their essence,
    before they disappear.” as you write, something to remember well. Thanks, Michelle, a nice beginning to my day!

  3. You’re right, Michelle. Those in-between moments never last long, do they? (At least the ones you want to.) Both poems speak well to here and now, but in particular, I was struck by the lines about “dark thoughts” and “questions.” Your WIP is lovely!

  4. I wish I could be as content as the bluebird, although I suspect that the bluebird is just as critical as we are. The grass is always greener… Your WIP is a wonderful start. And your poem reminds me of my own hills and valleys.

  5. margaretsmn says:

    Spring is waking up here in the south. I wrote a poem inspired by yours and Mary’s. Poems make more poems, like the wildflowers in the grass.

  6. katswhiskers says:

    Liking your artwork very much, Michelle! We are having those in-between days here, too. Of the most pleasant kind – just a hint of coolness, a reprieve after some very sapping hot days. I could hold onto these days for so much longer! Like there are some occasions and memories I could wish to capture for more than a moment.

  7. Your work always brims with brightness, Michelle – thanks for sharing it with the world!
    (& Happy Almost-Spring!)

  8. Donna Smith says:

    Oliver’s poem is beautiful, as is yours. I’m particularly fond of “calling me
    to capture their essence,
    before they disappear”
    for disappear they do… capturing their essence in paint or poem is “of the essence”!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    Thank all that is Good for the bluebirds’ song! (And the flowers!!)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s