Poetry Friday–Bounty, Dreams, & Painting …


Happy Poetry Friday! I’m sharing some art and poems that were inspired by and begun while in Door County, WI. My first poem is a golden shovel that I built from Langston  Hughes’ poem Dreams.


What shall we hold … 
A watery day fading fast
filled with inspiration to
build dreams.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Read the rest of the poem at the Academy of American Poets.



wildflower waters–

summer’s mingling by the sand 
waiting for castles of kindness,

thankful to be wrapped in nature’s
windswept breezes and caressed
by lake michigan’s waves.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

On our return trip along Lake Michigan we found more Monarch’s pollinating milkweed.





Mary Lee Hahn is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog A Year of Reading, thanks Mary Lee! Stop by her blog for this weeks poetry feast …

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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31 Responses to Poetry Friday–Bounty, Dreams, & Painting …

  1. Kathy Mazurowski says:

    Enjoying your words and artwork. Thanks!

  2. laurashovan222 says:

    Michelle — this is gorgeous! I feel like I’m right there, enjoying the cool lake on “a watery day fading fast.”

  3. mbhmaine says:

    Michelle–I love this painting. The colors are gorgeous and I love the mood and all the lake activity. It’s such a lovely slice of summer, and its perfectly augmented by your poems. I especially like your golden shovel, probably because I’m a huge fan of Langston Hughes “Dreams.” Judging by this post, you must have thoroughly enjoyed your time in Wisconsin!

  4. lindabaie says:

    What bounty you have held, Michelle. Each part demands long looks. It is a beautiful place that’s new to me. Thanks for sharing so much. Your painting is exquisite!

  5. Sally Murphy says:

    Your posts are always like treasure chests, Michelle. Art, poetry, photos, videos… You just keep giving. Thank you!

  6. maryleehahn says:

    Your painting could be a travel poster for Door County! I love all the art and writing you are gleaning from your trip!

  7. katswhiskers says:

    I too am inhaling a refreshing breath of sea-breeze with this gorgeous post, Michelle. Lovely! (Adore that painting.)

  8. Gasp! The painting at the top of this post is lovely. I love the sailboats and the reflections and the playful people. I’m curious, how long does it take you to paint such a piece? You have new art every week and I am so impressed at your productivity!
    Hold fast to dreams, indeed…and make sure you don’t just hold them. Go live them. I feel like this summer has been some dream living for me. And, it’s been wonderful.

  9. Beautiful! Golden shovel poetry is so hard, but you make a gorgeous one. The painting is amazing. I don’t know how you manage to do so much with watercolor.

  10. Michelle, how exciting to have a lovely holiday that inspires your writing and drawing. How about sharing this with at my new gallery, The Art of Summering? http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-art-of-summering.html You could use your still photo as the backdrop for the Door’s County Bounty poem and the drawing for Dreams. I know that your artwork sparkles up the galleries I create.

  11. Oooo. Castles of kindness. Love that, Michelle! I had my first crop of successful milkweed this year, so I, too have been enjoying a seemingly endless recital of butterfly dances this summer. I hope you’ll join in my bird poem challenge in two weeks. Cheers!

  12. macrush53 says:

    Your art and poetry are something to savor.

  13. Diane Mayr says:

    Oh Michelle, thank you so much for sharing the video. I felt I was right in the scene. It felt good to be there.

  14. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Such lovely poems from your inspiration! I’ve been enjoying watching the monarchs and other butterflies visit my pollinator garden.

  15. Summer’s by the lake are magical! Your lovely painting and poems make me feel as if I were there. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Oh how I wish I was by the water, and not trapped at my desk here in the baking city!!

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