#Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo & New Etsy Card & Bookmark

1-Girl Flower face card front

Greeting Card, Girl Flower Faces, 5 x 7 inches.


Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m spreading some color for Spring with poetry and art. The images here are from a new painting called Girl Flower Faces, and are available in my Etsy Shop as a Greeting Card and as a set of Bookmarks.

Irene Latham is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Live Your Poem. She’s sharing a beautiful book called Poetree, and has written a gorgeous, contemplative poem To an Olive Tree that she’s sharing, thanks for all Irene!


1-Girl flower face bookmarks all 4 4-2019

Set of 4 Bookmarks, Girl Flower Faces, 2.25 x 6.5 inches, with a poem.

1-girl face flowers bookmark back 4-2019

Flowers have been in my thoughts and are starting to make their appearances. Here’s a flower centric poem for day 12 of #NaPoWriMo:


Dried flowers greet me each day
spreading out across an often sun-washed wall,
below a flower-filled mirror, and amongst
a bevy of pattern-filled containers.
Dried flowers greet me each morning
waiting to say hello and ask,
what mountains will you climb, 
what fires will you put out,
what particulars will you pay attention to…
Dried flowers greet me and say,
take our negative spaces,
our delicate stems,
our chiseled dried leaves,
and our still saturated colors–

Carry us with you as you
ponder on throughout your day…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

I hope you encounter some flowers throughout your day.

For National Poetry Month, I’m writing poems inspired by art that I create or have created. Visit these spots on line to participate in National Poetry Month: Academy of American Poets,
Jama’s Rattigan’s Blog for the Kidlitoshphere Events Roundup: Jama’s Alphabet Soup 
and #NaPoWriMo 


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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12 Responses to #Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo & New Etsy Card & Bookmark

  1. katswhiskers says:

    ‘take our negative spaces,
    our delicate stems,
    our chiseled dried leaves,’
    (My favourite lines)
    And I love your artwork and bookmarks. It’s a lot like poetry, with so many layers and treasures – I see something different each time. Very clever – especially made into those bookmarks. The four-piece arrangement looks so striking, side-by-side. And the little vignette on the back of each…

  2. Carry us with you as you
    ponder on throughout your day…
    How lovely to carry that bit of hope and happiness throughout the day. Your poem is lovely- as are your new bookmarks.

  3. Michelle, I love what the dried flowers say to you, an artist… esp the negative spaces. And I see those faces! What fun! Thank you! xo

  4. lindabaie says:

    It’s lovely to read what you as an artist imagine the flowers say, Michelle. I love the thought, too, of them speaking in your poem, to “Carry us with you”. And you carried them onto your card, too! Wonderful!

  5. jama says:

    What a lovely card and poem, Michelle. I love the idea of carrying the beauty, whimsy, and wisdom of the flowers with you throughout the day.

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    How lovely to be greeted by flowers every day. May we all ponder on them throughout our days.

  7. Tabatha says:

    This is a very flowery time in my neck of the woods. It seems like dried flowers are overlooked in favor of fresh ones, so it’s cool that you wrote them their own poem. Thanks for sharing your colorful quartet of bookmarks with us!

  8. I usually have fresh flowers on the table and in a couple of smaller vases around; I haven’t been able to replace the long-dried little roses in a vase on the kitchen windowsill, though, because in their mauve-y crepe-ness, they still look so pretty to me! Thanks for always bringing lively color into our worlds – & best wishes for the new Etsy designs! :0)

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, florals are trending in the fashion world this spring and in your artwork as well. I’m so glad that you are spreading your flower power over your artwork and poetry and letting the flowers speak to you. You answered with an assortment of responses as you carried them with you.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    Lots of beautiful spring blooms here that catch my eye and brighten my day!

  11. Alice Nine says:

    Love these lines, of the flowers speaking to the artist: “take our negative spaces, / our delicate stems, / our chiseled dried leaves, / and our still saturated colors–” Every year, I dry a gigantic bouquet of hydrangea and love watching their colors change even as they are drying.

  12. Beautiful new Etsy offerings, Michelle! They call out *Spring!* in such a lovely way. And like others, I’m swooning over the “take our…” lines of your poem. I love the combination of delicacy and yearning.

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