#PoetryFriday–Healing Valentine’s

flower in valentine haiku-2-14-2019


Happy Poetry Friday


I’ve been writing Valentine haikus this week thinking about all the children and other individuals that have been lost this last year from gun violence. I heard a radio  interview from one of the survivors from the Parkland Shooting who inspired me with her unceasing activism since the incident last year. Although Valentine’s Day isn’t a day she wants to embrace as others may–hence my thoughts reflect her thoughts combined with some hope.

Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, stop by her blog Check It Out for more poetry. Thanks for hosting Jone!

…And some music to accompany you…


1- Air kissed by wind watched by children haiku art valentine 2-14-2019


wishing you oceans
caressed by nature and 
cared for tenderly

© 2019 Michelle Kogan


1a-Bleeding heart valentine haiku-2-14-2019


And here’s a related poem by Emily Dickinson


It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—

Read the rest of her poem here

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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18 Responses to #PoetryFriday–Healing Valentine’s

  1. Tabatha says:

    Thank you for all the healing, heartfelt wishes from you and Emily. We need healing and hope.

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely poems, Michelle. They are like a warm hug.

  3. jama says:

    Valentine’s Day will never be the same after Parkland. Thank you for the haiku and lovely paintings and messages of hope and healing.

  4. Alice Nine says:

    Such beauty in your art and poetry, Michelle. I especially like “Hearts are tender things / nourish them — if broken / help them to heal.”

  5. lindabaie says:

    Poignant wishes for those heartbroken, Michelle, and heartfelt remembering. I won’t forget. I was on a trip with students when Columbine happened. I had to sit with them as I and my colleague told them. More than one was connected to a victim through their church. It was a time, like others since, I won’t forget. Those kids would be all grown up now with families. Now we have more dates to remember, a sad thing I wish we could change.

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your post is filled with tender heart notes illustrated in video, illustrations, and poetry. On the Broadway channel, I heard an interview of a Broadway actress who lost her child at Sandy Hook. It was heart-wrenching to hear. Your last drawing and haiku made me think of this. Today’s Illinois shooting brought up all the horrible feelings again. Thanks for your healing post.

  7. macrush53 says:

    Thank you for these. I love the bleeding heart one. I.Perlman is returning to Portland next year. I love him and will be going.

  8. Thank you for all these poems, Michelle. I found the first one especially moving.

  9. Susan Bruck says:

    Thanks for sharing all the Valentine’s haiku–and illustrations, too. I think my favorite is the second one–I love “kissed by wind and watched by children”

  10. Beautiful and poignant haikus, Michelle.

  11. Much sadness was felt, indeed, this week while listening to survivor and family stories. As an educator I find myself worrying more and more these days for the safety of my students and colleagues. Hoping for more joyful days to come.

  12. Gorgeous collection of heartfelt haikus. They certainly offer a healing quality. Thank you for sharing with us!

  13. maryleehahn says:

    Do you know the book, CRY HEART, BUT NEVER BREAK? I think you’d like it.

  14. So poignant & potent, Michelle. I am especially lingering so long on the bleeding heart, heart art. Perfect. (with the violin Perlman in the background. . .) And with the Emily Dickenson poem – nourishing. Many appreciations for this meditation.

  15. mbhmaine says:

    Your poems are beautiful and poignant, Michelle, and your art is the perfect accompaniment. I especially like the first one. Thank you for continuing to speak up and share.

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