Wildlife Comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species, © 2013 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Available in my online Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art
I read last week that today is Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday (I think from a comment by Diane Mayr,) in his memory I’m sharing a poem he wrote. I wrote a response golden shovel that I built from a line I read in Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring–Both Carson and Thoreau were deeply involved in conservation–and Thoreau thought to be the beginning of the conservation movement–and both had an intrinsic love of nature. I momentarily went down a rabbit’s hole and found a few interesting articles about Carson and Thoreau–one by Margaret Atwood and another over at HUFFPOST.
THE MOON NOW RISES TO HER ABSOLUTE RULE
By Henry David Thoreau
The Moon now rises to her absolute rule
And the husbandman and hunter
Acknowledge her for their mistress.
Asters and golden reign in the fields
And the life everlasting withers not.
The fields are reaped and shorn of their pride
But an inward verdure still crowns them;
he thistle scatters its down on the pool
Read the rest of Thoreau’s poem at the Poetry Foundation.
To your “boreal fruit” and
precious “palatable fruit,” where
all should be protected–great grievances are
everywhere. On the
ground and below, where men
have soiled the earth, and who
know better supposedly–
But continue to mis-understand
the dire effects of not caring for the
land–Earth’s land and value
to all living inhabitance of
all the trajectories of nature, proper
care of our land and its habitat
needs to become our top priority for
the survival of all– The
asters and thistle desire your preservation
for pride of humanity, for continuation of
all life including, our sister, wildlife.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
And … with this being a nature focused post I’m also sharing my nature-infused poetry swap from Molly Hogan. She sent a keen poem called The Artist, along with some richly layered and gorgeous photo cards. Many thanks for these stunning pieces of nature woven into words and images Molly!
© 2018 by Molly Hogan
In a ripe moment
her thoughts clarify
she touches brush
deft and sure
detail by detail
an image emerges
infused with meaning and color
a celebration of nature
a display of outrage
a call for action
She works her alchemy
hour by hour
with craft and concentration
the artist distills
her potent truth
upon the page
for Michelle Kogan
I wrote a response poem to your lovely images Molly–
In wavy waters
where bullfrogs frolic
In sunny spots
where turtles stretch
In flower gardens
where monarchs flutter
In tidal pools
where shells lay on color-kissed crimson
In mysterious branches
where herons herald possibilities
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted this week by Sylvia Vardell, on her blog Poetry for Children–where she is offering a new poetry book, Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, with a host of other wonderful poets! Thanks Sylvia for hosting.
Michelle! What a rich, rich post for this week’s poetry friday. I love all the poems united by a love of nature and conservation. Molly really paid you a lovely tribute in how your brush and art extends your poetry from page to face to face interaction in the world. This post is a keeper! Wonder-full and fresh. “our sister, wildlife.” Just delightful.
Thanks Linda-serendipitously it all fit together. One thing I love about painting from nature is I can get lost and focus solely on the images in-front of me and set the politics temporarily aside. I don’t know how people can’t love nature, support it, and take care of it—it provides us with life!
Wow! You have been super-busy this week, Michelle. What a feast of words and images – both yours and others. Loving your bird cry artwork – so alive! Molly’s poem is you in a pen-stroke! And your response to her photos – sheer splendour! Lovely.
Nature and I thank you Kat!
So much to love in this post, Michelle. A real feast of poetry, artwork, photography and love. Thanks for sharing.
Michelle, your art work is stunning! I love the meadow larks and the richness of all that interwoven life in front of the cityscape. It’s the perfect foil for the poems you shared. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poetry swap and your response poem to the photo cards is just beautiful! I especially love,
“In tidal pools
where shells lay on color-kissed crimson”
and the repeated line “splendour grows.” This is a post where nature reigns supreme…as it should!
Thanks Molly–and I’m loving your poem and images too–they are all sitting next to me until I can find a permanent spot for them!
What a wonderful start to my PF reading. Your own painting is awesome, filled with summer creatures and flowers, then for Thoreau’s birthday, his own words, finally all really punctuated by Molly’s pictures and poem for you. Special post, Michele.
Thanks Linda–all areas close to my heart!
Michelle, your artwork is outstanding again. It is rich with summer life. Beside that there is the Thoreau poem with its beautiful line: “…And the life everlasting withers not.” Then, you follow it up with Molly’s breathtaking nature photos and a poem that pays tribute to you the artist. The last stanza has a mix of your beliefs attached to your artworks. I do like your response to Molly, that was an added bonus to your post.
Michelle, my link is not working at Sylvia’s site. Here is my link up http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2018/07/giving-and-receiving.html. Thanks.
Thanks Carol, nature ‘s hands were guiding here!
Thank you for this bountiful post, Michelle! I feel like we should shout Rachel Carson’s line from the rooftops! And Molly’s poem is spot on. Your ability to distill the “potent truth/upon the page,” whether in words or images, is a marvel to me. And yes, splendor grows!
Thanks Catherine–I’d be happy to shout Rachel Carson’s name!
Michelle, that Lake Shore Drive piece is a favorite of mine! Thank you. And wow, Molly’s poem is so very YOU… alchemy, indeed! Thanks also for sharing your Splendor… my life feels rich with wildlife these days, and so these words are riding my bloodstream right now. Thank you! xo
Thanks Irene–glad you are taking in lots of nature! I’m honored by Molly’s poem.
You’ve got it all going on here today! Thanks for ALL. Loved every morsel.
Wow, what an abundance of art– both visual and textual! Thanks for adding these beautiful words and images to our Poetry Friday celebration!
Thanks Sylvia, serendipitously receiving Molly’s Poetry Swap Package was a perfect fit!
Stunning art and heart-felt words. I always learn something here. Thanks for the card, too. As for my eye, I may not know what it is for weeks, possibly after the surgery. I appreciate your kind words more than I can say. XOXO
Thanks Brenda, from your blog post sounds like you are keeping yourself busy–I’d probably do the same.
I always have more to do than I have time. 🙂
I want to breathe deeply and spend time in this glorious post that celebrates the bounty in nature–and calls us to protect it before it’s too late. Everything–words and images from you and Molly–is just stunning Thank you!
Thanks Kay, I think some kindred spirits were at work here …
This is such a lovely post! I love the word “alchemy” – perfect. And your golden shovel is great. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Thanks Ruth, such a beautiful and magical poem Molly penned!
I’m loving all the nature in this post!
Thanks Mary Lee!
I love how your post is a conversation between Thoreau, Molly, and you, and your rich relationships with the natural world.
Molly and I make a good match for Poem Swaps–connecting with Thoreau fits naturally too. Thanks for your keen arrangement Tabatha!
Such treasures you’ve shared here–I love the link of wild and human habitat you’ve shown on Lake Shore Drive! Thanks for sharing all of these poems and Molly’s wonderful gifts.