Poetry Friday–Poem in your pocket

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Happy Poetry Friday! I’m continuing the celebration of poem in your pocket day,  while celebrating our slowly advancing spring–with a poem of mine and a poem by Sidney Wade. 

POCKETFUL OF POEMS

Springful
of poems
stuff ‘em
in your pockets,
city critters
know…
springs
in the
air. 


Squirrel’s
ballerina
bounce:
1, 2, 3,
trapezing
in mid
air. 


Sparrow’s
kangaroo
king
jump,
pogoing
with flair.


Cottontail’s
a plenty,
daintily
digesting
delectable
flowers
without
a care. 


Robin
cheerily cheeup
cheeruping
calling out
for a mate,
hurry now
don’t make
her wait. 


Garter
guards
his space,
silently sunning
till you take
one step closer,
Ooooooh
no sir,
he’s
scurried
on his
way. 


Wait–
One more–
My best friend
bumblebee
busy as she’ll
ever be,
buzzing
everywhere,
wherever
flowers
be. 


Gather ‘em all,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
spring critter poems, 
stuff ‘em
in your
pockets,
patiently
they’ll wait
to surprise
YOU
someday!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

FIRST GREEN FLARE
by Sidney Wade

makes
the air

quiver
and dart

the throat
ache

to call
makes

the heart
cheer

Read the rest of her poem at Poets.org

The lovely poet/author Irene Latham at Live Your Poem is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Irene! She’s been writing poems each day for National Poetry Writing Month, her projects called ARTSPEAK! Her poems have focused on “art and artists from the Harlem Renaissance.”

On my blog for National Poetry Writing Month I’ve been focusing on flora, fauna, and our environment. Here’s a list of the poems I’ve posted so far:
Poem one–  DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES
Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS  
Poem seven–A LOVELY BEETLE
Poem eight–CHANGES IN NATURE
Poem nine-HURRY SPRING  

Poem 10-ANIMAL TRACKS
Poem 11-APRIL SNAKE 
Poem 12-Haiku NARCISSUS
Poem 13– A CELEBRATION & SPRING
Poem 14–Haiku TULIPS
Poem 15–Birds’ Perspective
Poem 16–WHO’S IN THE MOON?
Poem 17–
Haiku Tulips and Sparrow

Poem 18– RACHEL CARSON’S WORDS
Poem 19–Haiku VIOLETS
Poem 20–THE EARTH CALLS NOW-at Today’s Little Ditty in comments
Poem 21–Haiku SPRING PRUNING

Poem 22–CROW
Poem 23–Cherita HYACINTH’S  
Poem 24–Nature
Poem 25–Haiku Dillies

 

 

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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday–Poem in your pocket

  1. Tabatha says:

    Squirrels do go “trapezing,” don’t they? I’m glad for their acrobatic, speedy ways because my pup likes to give them a chase! She also likes to chase rabbits and birds, but not bees… Cool project, Michelle!

  2. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love all those spring critter poems to stuff in pockets! I think spring has finally decided to stick around (keeping my fingers crossed, anyway)!

  3. glenda funk says:

    I love the imagery associated w/ the many animals who signal the arrival of spring.

  4. macrush53 says:

    I love your drawings and the poems that accompany them. I also like the posting list of your poems.

  5. jama says:

    What a life affirming, joyful poem (love your drawing too!). We have quite a few trapezing squirrels around here. 🙂

  6. Irene Latham says:

    Wow, Michelle, look at all the poems you’ve written! A lovely spring indeed… I look forward to revisiting. Meanwhile, trapezing and pogoing are so alive in your poem… thank you! xo

  7. Love your critters poem. It’s finally nice enough in the Midwest that we’re getting more wildlife activity. It’s lovely to see and makes me happy- just like this poem did. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Good Sunday Morning, Michelle! A busy weekend has me making the Poetry Friday rounds a bit later than usual. You and Sydney have the right idea. Short, sweet, fun and bouncy. PERFECT poems for pockets….and lots more place. I especially like ” squirell’s ballerina bounce” You must also….with that illustration!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    Hooray for spring!

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, is your spring critter poems to stuff in pockets the beginnings of a children’s book? I like the stanza on the robin and enjoyed your alliteration throughout. You have been very busy this month. I will need time to go back and read them. I find there is so much out there in the land of poetry this month that it is tough to get around. At my PF post, I announced my new gallery.

  11. mbhmaine says:

    Love all those wonderful verbs! I’m not sure a pocket can hold them all! 😉 Great poem and wow, what a productive month you’ve had!

  12. Love the trapezing squirrel and your joyful counting.

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