Poetry Friday–More Monarchs & Bees

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Happy Poetry Friday! I’m posting early as I’m on my way to Door County, WI. I think the monarchs may become more scarce soon as the milkweed flowers are almost finished blooming. A few more pics from my backyard, where I did see three monarchs today. Here’s a cherita poem in their honor, and one extra poem on butterflies. Hope to catch up with responses and other Poetry Friday posts on my return!

hey monarch butterfly

whenever I see you a smile rolls by
and my whole spirit soars …

to a place way up high
where wonder catches dreams
in the twinkling of an eye.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Here’s another butterfly poem


Author unknown 

Yesterday a butterfly

Came floating gently through the sky.

He soared up through the atmosphere

Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, “I’d love to fly with you

And sail around the way you do.

It looks like it would be such fun

To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.

I haven’t wings, just these two arms.

I’ve been designed to walk around.

My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me

Read the rest of the poem here:

Happy Summer!



Catch more poetry over at Catherine Wallian Flynn’s blog Reading to the Core, she’s hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week, thanks Catherine!

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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22 Responses to Poetry Friday–More Monarchs & Bees

  1. Sally Murphy says:

    More buggy goodness. I am loving these posts. I also love that, even after the monarchs go, you’ll have your poems to keep the feeling alive.

  2. katswhiskers says:

    Enjoy your flutter of butterflies, Michelle. And your travels!

  3. Love your poems and your photos. Butterflies are magical and fragile.

  4. Happy travels, Michelle! Thank you for sharing your monarchs (and back yard!) with us. xo

  5. Tabatha says:

    That’s a great close up at the top! Are you doing plein air painting this weekend? Wishing you good weather!

  6. I love that your yard is crawling with Monarchs. I aspire to have monarchs. I’ll have to try again with the milkweed.

  7. What beauty awaits visitors here. I smile too whenever I see you and your art. It’s like seeing a butterfly whenever I see that you have created beautiful words or photographs or paintings.

  8. lindabaie says:

    So, so gorgeous. I understand why “a smile rolls by”, Michelle. Have a good trip and thanks for sharing your monarchs and the poems.

  9. Your words and photos make my spirit soar, Michelle! There is milkweed in the hayfield across the street, but the farmer always cuts it before it has a chance to bloom. Next year I’m going to dig it up and plant it in my yard! Enjoy your trip!

  10. maryleehahn says:

    Happy butterflies and bees; happy summer!

  11. carwilc says:

    Your words and photographs both “make my spirit soar!” Thank you!

  12. haitiruth says:

    There really is something special about butterflies! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  13. laurashovan222 says:

    It always lifts my heart to see monarchs in the garden. We have a butterfly bush by the kitchen window and it’s true to its name. Along with monarchs, we see swallowtails, skippers, and sometimes a hummingbird. Thanks for the butterfly poem!

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