Happy Poetry Friday!
Today I am sharing a Poetry Swap treasure-trove I received recently. But first I would like to give a big thanks to poet, writer, and friend, Tabatha Yeatts, for organizing the swap, and providing us all with this rich opportunity of giving and receiving poems throughout the summer. The joy is huge in both the writing and the receiving!
These are treasures I received from friend, poet, and writer Irene Latham for the Summer 2018 Poetry Swap!
Along with this rich and gorgeous poem that Irene wrote for me called MONARCH, which literally floats from the air as do monarchs, she also sent this lovely bathtub filled with words to write poems from, a postcard from her new book Love, Agnes POSTCARDS FROM AN OCTOPUS–the title and art have both captured me, and a lovely note written on stationary from THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND, which she also wrote a book from called Leaving Gee’s Bend.
BTW there’s actually a Grimm’s Museum, take a peek here
I decided to dive right into this Bathtub Poetry, and randomly pulled out a handful of words. I combined these with a line from Irene’s poem MONARCH, and wrote a golden shovel poem. These were my words from the bathtub: wrinkly, drenched, grins, prayer(s), forgiveness, and dirty.
MOTHER NATURE’S PRAYERS AND WRINKLY FATHER TIME
Wrinkly father time, drenched in Mother
Nature’s grins and prayers of
forgiveness– watched her frocked in summer
rains, as she sprinkled dirty earth on her dainty petals–and you
dug in deep and knew, here’s where you belong.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
My poem is partially inspired by the dirt/earth that kicks up on flower petals after a heavy rain.
So I did this quick sketch-painting and I think the muddied susies fits my mood. We are moving my daughter into her college dorm on Saturday, and my son who’s a bit older is moving out of the house in about a week. This little sketch inspired another poem, and my slightly melancholic state of mind …
resisting what’s next …
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Mosey on over to Margaret Simon’s blog, Reflections on the Teche where she’s offering some lovely Zeno poems, and the Roundup too! Thanks Margaret for hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup!