Poetry Friday-Poems and a Sale

1-morning-glories-porch-card-front-8-2018Morning Glories on porch, © 2018 Michelle Kogan, Greeting Card,
watercolor and watercolor pencil

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Summers End!

Today I’m sharing a mix of this and that … to accompany this transitional time between end of summer and beginning of Fall. I’m also inviting you to my end of summer–beginning of fall Pre and Post Labor Day Sale in my online Etsy Shop, Michelle Kogan Fine Art, running now through September 23rd, 2018. In my shop you can find greeting cards for all occasions, bookmarks–many with poems, archival prints of all sizes, journals, sketchbooks, and more.



running through
seasons meant to simmer
summer’s sultry moments …

running through
petals patiently waiting
for your engaging eye …

running through
sales circuitously occurring
throughout all the seasons …

running through
society stenched sorely
in soiled and sullied news …

catching wind between thoughts–
catching thoughts between wind
winding down
for a bee to
buzz by me
on that bud

© Michelle Kogan


I received this poem in my email this morning and thought it fit in with what I’m offering.

by Peter Campion

In a culvert by the airport
under crumbling slag
wine colored water seeps
to this pool the two does
drink from: each sipping as
the other keeps look out.
The skyline is a blur
of  barcode and microchip.
Even at home we hold
the narrowest purchase.
No arcs of tracer fire.
No caravans of fleeing
families. Only this
suspicion ripples
through our circles of lamp glow
Read the rest of the poem at the Poetry Foundation.

Stop by Robyn Hood Black’s blog Life on the Deckle Edge for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks for hosting Robyn! I heard through the grapevine she’ll be sharing a bevy of words, so make your way over to take them all in …


Small sampling of bookmarks from my shop.


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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24 Responses to Poetry Friday-Poems and a Sale

  1. Linda says:

    Seasons meant to simmer….beautiful. And those morning glories— wow!

  2. lindabaie says:

    There is this: “all we own /is the invisible /web of our words” and then “running through/petals patiently waiting”. They feel like an artist’s words, and perhaps only an artist would be running and trying to make a living, but still notice those petals! I’ll check on your sale, Michelle. Robyn is having one, too. Best wishes and thanks for the poems and lovely art.

    • Doesn’t he pack so much into his words-powerful–and it’s so timely for the events unfolding today, though it’s from 2007.
      I’m glad to have the desire to stop and check on those petals–it slows my running just a bit, for the making a living you hit on the head is a continuous constant. Thanks for your thoughtful and poignant response!

  3. A fitting and inspiring ushering on from summer toward fall, Michelle – thanks for sharing, along with your always-lively and lovely art! (GOOD LUCK with the Etsy sale, too!!)

  4. Love the line “season meant to simmer.” Your artwork is so beautiful, too!

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Yes, August is in the season meant to simmer–and we certainly are simmering this week. I love both poems–they give me a lot to ponder in this season of transition.

  6. haitiruth says:

    Wonderful – there’s so much beautiful around us, and it’s all so temporary. Time to stop and savor it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  7. Tabatha says:

    I especially like “catching thoughts between wind/winding down.” Have a great long weekend!

  8. Such movement! Best of luck with your Etsy sale.

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Your post is a beautiful celebration for the end of August, Michelle. Your artwork is stunning so best wishes for a great Labor Day sale.

  10. catching wind between thoughts–
    catching thoughts between wind

    For you it’s also catching words between thoughts and catching art on the breeze, Michelle. I hope you’re doing okay in that empty house of yours. xo

  11. I love your poem and beautiful art work

  12. Beautiful work! I will stop by your shop. I love the look your flowers have. It’s unique.

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