Poetry Friday–Syncopated Voices, March for Our Lives


Happy Poetry Friday!

This is side two of my poster that I carried in the March for Our Lives, last Saturday. The rally with high school students speaking and performing poems was invigorating, hopefull, and marvelous. The poem I’m sharing today was inspired by one of the poets there and his rap poem (I’m including a bit below). I believe these high school students have created a Movement and from this perhaps change will emerge!



Syncopated rap
filled the stage
releasing unified
determined rage,
resounding voices, 
reveal their 
mission for
one and all:
find ways of how,
hear their voices
hear their call
traveling through cities
large and small,
fall in line
raise your sign
cast your votes
for lives 
not lifeboats,
now’s the time 
follow their lead
not bullets
taking lives
that bleed.
It’s easy-peasy legislator–
Join the ranks don’t be a traitor.
Get warring Guns 
off Streets– 
Tighten regulations– 
Tighten registrations– 
Ban all bump stocks– 
Don’t wait till later, 
Listen to your people
your present-future voters
Not a Dictator!

Kids–Our future,
Kids–Our jewels, 
make kids safe 
with safe gun 

©2018 Michelle Kogan










The Poetry Friday Round up is being hosted by Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe. Heidi has taken the baton and given us a small peek into a new twist for Irene Latham’s hosted Progressive Poem which starts April 1st for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month.) Thanks for hosting Heidi!





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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25 Responses to Poetry Friday–Syncopated Voices, March for Our Lives

  1. Irene Latham says:

    Dear Michelle, thank you for sharing your poem and your experience. Happy almost National Poetry Month! xo

  2. katswhiskers says:

    Such a powerful moment. The world is watching… #hoping

  3. Good Morning, Michelle! I love your sign and the photos from the march. You totally, GO, GIRL! Syncopated Voices is a great title and there are great lines in that rap. Isn’t it great to see our youth take on this movement? I support them every step of the way. I think, “it’s easy peasy legislator, don’t be a traitor” is my favorite! Happy Poetry Month!

  4. Tabatha says:

    Safe gun rules! Protect Kids Now! I am fervently hoping so.

  5. Our rally in DC was similarly inspiring–moments of loud outrage interspersed with moments of crushing, pained, grieving silence. Your sign is beautiful and your poem captures the rowdy, raucous charge to our leaders.

  6. Diane Mayr says:

    Thank you for sharing your march experience. All the marches–all the marchers–all the hopes. We will get there!

  7. Cathy says:

    What a beautiful combination of art, poetry, and powerful message.

  8. So wonderful to see kids changing the world, one word at a time.

  9. What an inspiring weekend it was! Your poem captures the emotion and hope perfectly. Yes to “Kids–Our future,
    Kids–Our jewels,
    make kids safe
    with safe gun

  10. margaretsmn says:

    I love how your poem captures it all. I wish we could’ve marched together. Your poster is inspiring.

  11. How can you not be inspired by such youthful passion! That rapper has some serious skills. Loved the excerpt and where you took it with your own poem, Michelle. (Well done on the sign too. 🙂 )

  12. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Thank you for sharing your poetry and images from your experience. I am inspired by the energy and commitment young people are taking in leading the way. I am hopeful for change!

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