#NaPoWriMo Day 7–Tanka & Ladybug


From a poem prompt David Harrison gave us at Renee LaTulippe’s blog No Water River.


Can you guess my name?
“You’re lovely ladybug!”
Yes, but I’m really a
beetle, called ladybird, and
sometimes lady beetle.

Say, Coccinellidae,
That’s my family name.
Say it sloooooower now
Coc ci nell i dae, Yeah!
You got it Hooray!

We’re beetles cause of
our hard shells that hide our
graceful wings. Unlike
bugs we launch a larva
stage, then cocoon and grow.

Us ladybugs live
three years–eating pesty
plants–aphids, white flies,
and mites. We’re everywhere
helping plants stay healthy!

Our predators stay
far away due to our
most horrible taste.
Kindly keep your distance–
allow us a small space.

©2018 Michelle Kogan



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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