#NaPoWriMo day 8



I watched her grow for three seasons,
munching away mostly in safe areas–
Occasionally I had to run her out.

When winter set in I saw her hunkering down.
If I gave her space, there she’d sit stoically–
Braving cold, in her heavy-lined coat, and fine-twitching nose.

But move a step to close, off she’d scamper,
away from our familiar universe
as if distressed by the sudden change.

I haven’t seen her for sometime now–
Although the weathers changing–trying to warm–plants emerging,
nature’s balance seems slightly off kilter.

I wonder if she’s out there–
Does she notice this unnatural swing in nature?
Will she adapt to it and continue, or will she flounder?

I wonder about our hectic pace of life…
Are our kinetic engagements having an ill affect on the animals around us?
Can they sense this unnatural urgency we have filled our lives with?

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Poem prompt from Cynthia Grady via Renée LaTulippe’s blog No Water River.

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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3 Responses to #NaPoWriMo day 8

  1. lindabaie says:

    Oh, I loved your description about the rabbit, but those musings at the end. Can they sense our hurry? I just read a piece about children feeling the stress from their parents, so why not nearby animals.

    • Hi Linda, the prompt was to combine an interaction with an animal–not a pet–also bring in a change that you are dealing with in your life. A challenging prompt–I do get a bit dark at the end, but maybe we ought to take some cues from our animal friends. I definitely relate to kids feeling that extra stress.

      • lindabaie says:

        I’ve been gone much of the day, may not get to today’s prompt. Thanks for telling me. I like your response!

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