Poetry Friday–one little word & #haikuforhope

ponder one little word and artichoke vine with bee-1-3-2019

Happy Poetry Friday And Happy New Year!

I found a word I’m going to embrace this year, as my #OLW (one little word…) Ponder… I came to it after discarding a couple other words. I tried on wait, though, even when used as a verb it doesn’t have enough action in it for me, and I wanted a word that would imply movement but of a slower more thought out kind. I think I moved from wait to pause–but moved away from it quickly as it still was lacking in forethought. I then looked up synonyms of both of these words, and didn’t find anything there that spoke to me. Sometime after I came upon ponder, and it seemed just right. I like the softness that it offers in the sound of the word itself, and that it takes you a little longer to say the word, it invites taking a breath. Ponder also made me remember a painting I did a while back of a hanging succulent vine, sage colored, I think it’s in the artichoke family, not sure.

PONDER… my one little word

I came upon ponder… But first…

Wait met me in the middle of the road,
Though, she scurried off to soon. Then came pause–

But she didn’t budge fast enough…
After searching through synonyms ponder meandered over,
She nestled by my side and then spun out across my page…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

I’m also sharing a few more #haikuforhope, as I’ve been enjoying writing these. And as it’s a new year I thought I’d share a page from my notebook. The very top scribbled out sentence is from I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, the book I’m presently reading. I wanted to remember Chifforobe–a combination of a closet and drawers– I loved the sound of it and you don’t really hear it mentioned that often. The next two scribbled out poems are from Laura Purdie Salas‘ 15 words or less post, from today, I didn’t make it back to post but did write a poem from her photo prompt. The last poem and sketch is my #haikuforhope for today.

haiku picket fence shadows-notebook page-1-3-2019

picket fence shadowed
ice crystals, designing signs
on sun’s cold day…
© 1-3-2019 Michelle Kogan


15 words or less

Crackling skies disguise
growing discomfort,
as blood red encroaches
skies windowpane…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan


1-willow branches dance-art & haiku-1-1-2019 copy copy

willow’s branches dance,
gathers her skirt, and whispers
protect our children

winter dull-drums scoot,
leaves wiggle secret hellos
day wishes sunlight…

© Michelle Kogan

This weeks  Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by professor, author, poet, anthologist, and educator extraordinaire Sylvia Vardell at her blog Poetry for Children. Thanks for hosting Sylvia! Be sure to drop by her blog and see what she’s sharing with us…



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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25 Responses to Poetry Friday–one little word & #haikuforhope

  1. Sue Santiago says:

    I just love that willow tree haiku and illustration!

  2. lindabaie says:

    Love seeing your notebook, Michelle, hearing about your new OLW, that you said it slows one down, both in the saying & in the doing. And I saw your willow tree haiku before, love the ‘gathered skirts’. Happy New Year!

  3. katswhiskers says:

    I love how much pondering went into your decision to ponder. Just perfect. And your short-bites of poetry were each a delight… My favourite was the 15 words or less. The sound of that first line! 🙂

  4. haitiruth says:

    Ponder is a great OLW! Loving the new poems, too. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. Picket fence shadows, window panes and willow branches… lovely things to ponder, Michelle. Thank you for sharing your One Little Word! xo

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your lovely poems invite us all to take a moment to ponder. Thank you! Thank you for sharing your OLW and a glimpse into your notebook.

  7. Great word! Thanks so much for sharing your notebook with us, too!

  8. mbhmaine says:

    What a treat to get a peek into your notebook! I also like hearing about how you chose “ponder.” I hadn’t thought about the sound of a OLW before. Interesting! Such a rich post!

  9. Diane Mayr says:

    I spent a bit of time this afternoon pondering an exchange postcard I received from you. The colors and words you use in all your work are plumb perfect. Many thanks and happy 2019!

  10. Ponder is a wonderful word. I’m not an artist, but I’m sure painting and drawing involve as much pondering as writing. Your poems are all lovely, especially the “willow branches” gathering “her skirt.” Happy New Year, Michelle!

  11. macrush53 says:

    Thank you for sharing your process, Michelle. BTW, I shared your work on Deowriter today.

  12. margaretsmn says:

    Ponder is a wonderful word for a poet. I enjoyed your simple haiku. I love how haiku captures the moment one is pondering. Thanks for the note you sent. Your artwork always cheers me.

  13. jeanjames says:

    Ponder is such a great word, and I love how it “nestled by your side.”

  14. cvarsalona says:

    Ponder is a great word, Michelle. I have always leaned on it when plotting out new ideas. Your haiku for hope work and illustrations shows that you have been pondering and taking action with your thoughts. Happy New Year.

  15. maryleehahn says:

    I love that willow so much…

    I’m pondering my OLW. I think I’m going to try a different take on the whole process…stay tuned…

  16. Tabatha says:

    How comforting “ponder” is! I hope you enjoy your soft, inviting pondering this year!

  17. Susan Bruck says:

    Ponder is a great word! My word is “allow”–I’m always pushing myself, but this year, I’m going to allow life to bring me what I need–Not that I’ll give up pushing myself altogether.
    Thanks for sharing your journal page–It’s fun getting a peek inside.
    And I really enjoyed your poems. I especially like the image of the willow dancing and gather and whispering.

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