Poetry Friday–Butterflies and Bees


Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome to my backyard … I’ve been in awe at the number of monarchs I have visiting in my garden this summer. There are sometimes five fluttering around at the same time. I’m sharing the path of one today along with some butterfly and bee poems, and a WIP oil painting I’ve just begun.



backyard reverie–
monarch’s flit and flutter by
creating magic …

© 2018 Michelle Kogan


bees are busy in
my backyard pollinating
between the breezes …

© 2014 Michelle Kogan

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Here are a few poems out of my Bee Poetry book, If Bees are Few, A Hive of Bee Poems, Edited by James P. Lenfestey, and that are also online .

By Emily Dickinson

South winds jostle them,
Bumblebees come,
Hover, hesitate,
Drink, and are gone.

Read the rest of her poem at Lit2Go

By Emily Dickinson

The bee is not afraid of me,
I know the butterfly;
The pretty people in the woods
Receive me cordially.

Read the rest of her poem here

Hope you get to catch some sights of butterflies and bees …

I’ll be taking in some midwestern beauty part of next week in Door County, WI–I hope to be able to peek in on the Poetry Friday Roundup while away …

Heidi Mordhorst is hosting our Poetry Friday Roundup this week at her blog my juicy little universe–thanks Heidi! I’m looking forward to what she’ll be sharing …




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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17 Responses to Poetry Friday–Butterflies and Bees

  1. Love the bees. I enjoyed my visit to your backyard. Thanks!

  2. Sally Murphy says:

    Lovely. The sounds and sights of your garden are so blissfully peaceful, Michelle. I lvoe our selection of poems, too, especially the line ‘backyard reverie’ which fits perfectly with your gentle garden scene.

  3. Great video! I love “pollinating/between the breezes.” Sorry I missed you in Chicago–where is that backyard actually located, now that I know my way around just a little?

  4. I feel refreshed after visiting your backyard. It’s a lovely place! My heart is where the butterflies hover. Thank you for the invitation. And, spending time with Miss Dickinson too? Simply delightful.

  5. maryleehahn says:

    Wow! Your milkweed is massive and healthy! What fun watching the monarchs “flit and flutter.”

  6. ldk says:

    You are so talented. Your painting and poetry are lovely.

  7. Diane Mayr says:

    I need to echo Mary Lee, “Wow! Your milkweed is massive and healthy!” The milkweed growing wild around my neighborhood is scrawny and is only beginning to bloom now. Butterflies are few, but we’ve got bees galore! If you want to attract bees, mountain mint is the way to go!

  8. There’s no question where you get your inspiration! Beauty all around, in text and visuals!

  9. haitiruth says:

    So lovely! I enjoyed taking some photos of butterflies this past week. Thanks for sharing yours! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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