Poetry Friday–Blooms, haiku, and sketch



cottage garden blooms
beauty waves her petals, care
for her fragile gifts.

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

My hanging petals reminded me of a summer poem by the Bard a.k.a. William Shakespeare, and here it is set to music.
Ariel’s Song, from The Tempest, act V, scene 1.
You can also find the poem in the book, If Bees are Few, A Hive of Bee Poems, edited by James P. Lenfestey, and online with a bit of commentary at Shakespeare in Action.



Happy Poetry Friday! My fare is light this week. If you are in an area where summer is flourishing I hope that you are partaking of it with all your senses, while it’s here. I’m fitting in as much plein air painting as I can, and will share some in the near future.

Amazing Molly Hogan is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, at her blog Nix the comfort zone, thanks Molly! Stop by her blog for more poetry and perhaps some of her rich photography too.


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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36 Responses to Poetry Friday–Blooms, haiku, and sketch

  1. Donna Smith says:

    Trying to glean all the goodness of summer still! Beautiful words and sketch!

  2. Sally Murphy says:

    I don’t think your fare is light as well. Beautiful art, a delightful haiku and I love the Shakespeare set to music.

  3. Sally Murphy says:

    And of course that should have read ”light as all’ NOT ‘well’.

  4. lindabaie says:

    Thanks for the link to the bee poems, Michelle & I love that you created a character: “beauty waves her petals”. Wonderful for our summer gardens!

  5. Erin Mauger says:

    Nice sketch and poem. It makes me want to try to make more time to get back into drawing myself!

  6. Poem and art- breathtakingly beautiful!

  7. Gorgeous words and artwork as always, Michelle. Truly fragile are those gifts, aren’t they?

  8. As we continue to endure the trevails of winter Down Under I found your focus on matters summery and flourishing, most uplifting Michelle. Blooming marvellous! A variety of offerings made all the more inviting by your stunning art work.

  9. macrush53 says:

    I so love your illustration and the haiku. We have been enjoying a wee break at home

  10. mbhmaine says:

    Hostas and bees and beautiful poetry! Thanks for a reminder to spend time appreciating the fragile beauty in my garden as these last days of summer speed past.

  11. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for this musical poem to accompany your painting. Both are beautiful, but they are more together.

  12. margaretsmn says:

    “Beauty waves her petals” in your painting. Thanks for sharing. I needed to see a bit of sunshine and beauty today.

  13. Liz Steinglass says:

    Oh, I wish you were here. It’s a perfect day for plein air painting. Is plein air writing a thing? That’s what I’ve been doing this morning–writing haiku about summer’s gifts.

  14. haitiruth says:

    Lovely! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  15. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your poem and haiku are a perfect addition to savoring the last days of summer! We are staying busy trying (and failing) to keep up with the tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and other vegetables exploding through the garden.

  16. Tabatha says:

    Sounds like you are making hay while the sun shines! I can’t believe summer is almost over. Glad we can keep our memories in art and poetry.

  17. I should try plein air painting one of these days. So many years since I’ve done any.

  18. Beautiful haiku, and sketch, too!

  19. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I’m having trouble accessing your digital s for #TheArtofSummering Gallery. I captured this drawing and will try to add the phone when I get a connection again.

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