Poetry Friday–Green Heron poem & WIP


Happy Poetry Friday! I’m following up on Christie Wyman’s call for bird poems–by featuring the Green Heron in poetry and art. Christie is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Wondering and Wandering–thanks for the challenge and for hosting Christie! I’ve had the delightful opportunity to take in my feathered friend here while plein air  painting in Chicago’s Caldwell pond. I took on the triolet form that Alan Wright has been featuring on his blog as I really like the succinctness of the structure, thanks Alan. 


Iridescence permeates me
through my shy personality.
By a bank with many a tree
iridescence permeates me.
Nervous flicker–yes I’d agree,
appease me space to be carefree.
Iridescence permeates me
through my shy, personality. 

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

In memory of one of my favorite singers, here’s Aretha Franklin singing a favorite of mine, Spanish Harlem–make sure to crank up the volume!


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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday–Green Heron poem & WIP

  1. Michelle, this is lovely….that word iridescence repeated…really strong.

  2. Lovely poem and your painting is gorgeous! You are one talented lady!

  3. katswhiskers says:

    Such a contrast – iridescence and shyness. Lovely painting with words and brush, Michelle.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I love your poem and choice of words, iridescence and permeates. That thought makes me imagine that even inside, this heron wears a green soul. I’ve seen them, but in Mexico, never here in Colorado, though they migrate through.

  5. Tabatha says:

    We have a green heron and a blue heron who live at our neighborhood pond, and our green heron is so much more flicker-y and shy than the blue! Nice job capturing that with your poetry and art.

  6. Sally Murphy says:

    Seems I’m not the only one to say this, but I love ‘Iridescence permeates me’ and the contrast with shyness.
    Oh and I love Spanish Harlem. Playing it now and feeling a little bereft.

  7. Thanks for taking up my challenge, Michelle! I love that you chose to focus on a heron I don’t see in my neck of the woods. Great Blues are what I see most often. Love the “iridescence” flowing through your triolet, a form which I have not tried yet. RIP, Queen of Soul. She will be missed by so many!

  8. Nervous flicker–yes I’d agree,
    appease me space to be carefree
    The entire poem is beautiful, but these lines are my favorite. Thanks for sharing this poem, and music by the Queen.

  9. So glad Aretha Franklin shared her talent with the world.

  10. margaretsmn says:

    Iridescence is a great word. Thanks for reminded me of the triolet form. Love the choral resonance of this poem.

  11. haitiruth says:

    I love that gorgeous iridescence! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  12. I enjoy writing triolets, as well, and I know they’re not easy….so congrats on your achievement! As Ruth said, I love that iridescence!

  13. mbhmaine says:

    I’m a huge fan of herons and have been longing to see a green one. The great blue herons amaze me with their size and dignity. You chose the perfect structure for your beautiful poem. I read Alan’s post last week and was intrigued by the triolet as well. I love that you took up that challenge, as well as Christie’s, to create your heron poem. Your repeated lines are perfect!

  14. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Beautiful! I saw my first green heron earlier this year while canoeing down our local river.

  15. Iridescence is such a great word, and your poem sparkles through its repetition. Thanks for sharing!

  16. cvarsalona says:

    As everyone has said the word iridescence is a great focal point in your poem. The repetition works well and your drawing is so full of summer life! Thanks for the Aretha song. What a great voice she had.

  17. I like your repetition of the phrase “Iridescence permeates me”. That is a vibrant way to capture the truth of birds!

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