#Poetry Friday–March to the Polls & #Inktober 2018


Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve been preparing for the #Women’s March Chicago– March to the Polls, that’s happening this Saturday. I’m sharing my poster, a poem and some music all in the spirit to move people to VOTE this November. My poster is also serving as my #Inktober drawing for 10-11-2018. 


Our suffragette sisters Marched long ago,
rally once again join in with gusto.

We’ll March, and March open-mindedly blue,
for reproductive rights, for all, and you.

We’ll March for freedom, with words our weapons,
for immigration and all that’s threatened–

We’ll March with respect and dignity too,
For individualism to break through–

We’ll March in villages, towns, and cities,
Raising our voice above mediocrities–

Our USA’s divided and bleeding
Save Democracy–vote–begin healing

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

I was looking for songs for Women’s democracy and rights. I came up with one of my favorites, Aretha Franklin’s, Respect, and also MILCK – Quiet Hope these get you in the mood for some Marching…


Laura Purdie Salas at her blog Writing the World for Kids is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s sharing a lovely meditative poem called Sacred Land, about Minnesota and its Boundary Waters. It’s in the New poetry anthology The Poetry of the US, by J. Patrick Lewis. Be sure and stop by for Laura’s poem and many more. Thanks for hosting Laura!

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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14 Responses to #Poetry Friday–March to the Polls & #Inktober 2018

  1. jama says:

    Wonderful post, Michelle. What a rousing poem and cool poster! I wasn’t familiar with “Quiet” and enjoyed it along with the one and only Aretha. 🙂

  2. I agree with Jama. Rousing and cool. Keep on, keepin on, lady!

  3. Diane Mayr says:

    I’ll be with you in spirit! You go girl!

  4. Tabatha says:

    VERY EXCITED TO VOTE!!! Thanks for keeping the faith, this time and always.

  5. Susan Bruck says:

    Thanks for sharing your poster and poem–both are beautiful and inspiring. I didn’t march, but I’m definitely voting!

  6. Thank you, Michelle, for the poem, the art, and the inspiration. Even though near rhyme is not usually my thing, your final stanza delivers such impact. Healing is sure something our country needs. Hope the march was fantastic!

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Huzzah! I hope your march was a fabulous success!

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