Poetry Friday–#Haiku4hope, Art & Music

1-Female Cardinal-12-26-2018 copy copy


Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m wringing out the old year with a wintery montage of #haikuforhope poems,
and a wee bit of music to ease us all out of the year.
Thanks Mary Lee Hahn for offering us all this December haiku challenge!

Wishing  all a hopeful and peaceful end of 2018 and dreams to reach in 2019!

Be sure to stop by Donna JT Smith’s blog, Mainly Write for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, and some extra that I’m sure Donna is offering. Thanks for hosting Donna!


winter’s creeping
inside, burrr it’s cold…
squirrel’s fattened up


winter soiree,
star dust dance wraps around our


trees provide
picture perfect window panes
in winter


winter flower waits
opening to bloom by the
light of the moon…


search for december’s
green marshmallow moss and
porcupine’s scotch pine 


female cardinal
brings warmth and light,
to winter’s worst days…

All haiku © 2018 Michelle Kogan

1-Mouse with winter flower-1haiku and art-2-27-2018

                                                           See you in 2019…

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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29 Responses to Poetry Friday–#Haiku4hope, Art & Music

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, this collection of #haikuforhope are wonderful. I especially like 12/22 and 12/23’s haikus. Of course, your artwork is as lovely as ever. Happy New Year to you and thanks for the song. What a great version.

  2. Donna Smith says:

    I missed this call for Haiku when life sped up. So glad you Created a cool colllection though!

  3. Tabatha says:

    What a valiant cardinal to be able to fly with a candle in her beak! As the more subdued of the species, female cardinals are often overlooked… nice to have her spotlighted 🙂

  4. mbhmaine says:

    I’m so glad you shared these here, as somehow I missed quite a few of them on Twitter–no doubt due to my lack of Twitter skills! At any rate, I especially love the winter soiree and that cardinal. In recent years I’ve become quite fond of the subtle glory of female cardinals. Wonderful art as always! Happy New Year, Michelle!

  5. Hi, Michelle–Somehow I’ve missed a bunch of these too! My favorite is the porcupine’s scotch pine one. Our female cardinals are much browner and less charming than your glorious cardinal of paradise! Happy new year.

  6. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for this bounty! (And it looks like I am following Heidi around the blogosphere.) Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  7. I’ve enjoyed your haiku, as always, this month, Michelle. My Kindergarten ornithologists always say they feel sorry for Lady Cardinal that she doesn’t have much color. 🙂 Happy new year!

  8. lindabaie says:

    Somehow I’ve missed your haiku, Michelle. These are lovely. I miss having cardinals in Colorado, grew up loving them in Missouri. I love that final one, the ‘winter flower’ and the art, too. The song is sweetly nostalgic, as it should be. Happy New Year!

  9. Diane Mayr says:

    The little mouse and flower haiga warms the cockles of my heart. Happy 2019!

  10. Joyce Ray says:

    Your haiku collection creates wonderful winter images. I love your cardinal sketch that honors the less colorful female! Happier New Year with thanks for the Auld Lang Syne lyrics.

  11. Beautiful Cardinal and Haiku, fellow etsian! (I make handcrafted jewelry.) I also especially like your Haiku about trees making picture perfect window panes! Your haiku are a treat for the senses! Thank you!

  12. Michelle, these are fantastic as always! You have such a gift with words and art. I especially love the female cardinal and winter flower!

  13. maryleehahn says:

    I think 12/24 is my favorite in this group. The starkness of the trees in winter beg description, don’t they?

  14. Susan Bruck says:

    Michelle, these haiku are lovely. And your illustrations, as always, are beautiful and full of light.
    I especially like the illustration of the kitty with the flower and the flower waiting to bloom by the light of the moon.

    Thanks for sharing your work. You always inspire me! Happy New Year!

  15. laurashovan222 says:

    I’m saving your winter flower haiku, Michelle. I am nursing an orchid back from dormancy and it will bloom any day now. Your haiku captures the excitement of waiting.

  16. Your haiku are lovely, Michelle. I especially love your “star dust dance” wrapping around our imaginations and trees “picture perfect window panes.” Thank you for sharing, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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