#Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

1- Purple Onion plant and peonies wip 4-18-2019

Purple Onion Plant and Peonies, WIP, © 2019 Michelle Kogan,watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!


I like to ponder on about our earth everyday, so I’m beginning my celebration of Earth Day today… Happy Earth Day and National Poetry Month!

My poem EARTH DAY is a triolet. As springs a time of renewal I wanted to emphasize that feeing.


Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring
Renewing growth out of winter’s stupor
Bees, butterflies, and birds return for their seasonal fling
Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring
“Come human,” calls nature, drink from my wellspring
Ensure earth’s and everyone’s future.
Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring
Renewing growth out of winter’s stupor

© Michelle Kogan

One more triolet…

by Sarah L. Johnson

She was my Lily. Of the morning dew
She was my fragrant rhapsody in spring.
In dancing dreams in springs too few
She was my Lily of the morning dew.

Read the rest of the poem here


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is our host for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. Stop by her resourceful, poetry filled blog  The Poem Farm for more poetry. Amy’s featuring first person, 15 lines or fewer, free verse poems about the characters “John and Betsy,” for #NPM. Thanks for hosting Amy!


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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14 Responses to #Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

  1. mbhmaine says:

    What a great triolet, Michelle. You were certainly up to the challenge of the form. I love your repeating line, and as always your beautiful art moves me.

  2. Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring- Love your ode to Earth’s spring, Michelle.

  3. maryleehahn says:

    You have inspired me to lean my poems next week towards Earth Day! (I have a different sort of spring clock in my poem this week 🙂

  4. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    “Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring”
    Just lovely. Our peonies are coming up, and today, thanks to you, I will go check on them. I keep wanting to transplant them. Maybe this year, maybe this year. And also thanks to you, I will be thinking about Earth Day poems. Thank you for today’s triolet. It sings into the heart. xx

  5. Your artwork and poetry always inspire me, Michelle. I even bought ranunculus because of one of your posts. Keep spreading your poetic watercolor joy! “Bees, butterflies, and birds return for their seasonal fling,” indeed. There are even reports of hummingbird sightings nearby. Hooray! — Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

  6. cweichel says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the triolet, and for your poem and artwork. You have spoken how I feel about this time of year in these lines:
    Earth’s clock sprouts life in spring
    Renewing growth out of winter’s stupor

  7. lindabaie says:

    Oh I love the idea of our “Earth’s clock”, Michelle, and your painting is lovely today. I am sad because two snows may have stunted my peonies. So far, they are alive, but don’t look very good. I’m hoping some sun and warmth will help.

  8. jama says:

    Lovely poems and art in celebration of Earth Day! Your triolet is so lyrical and festive. 🙂

  9. cvarsalona says:

    With your keen sense of preserving Mother Earth, this line is quite fitting, Michelle: “Ensure earth’s and everyone’s future.” Your repeating lines resound throughout the poem making a lasting impression. I love the pairing of your art with the poem inspiring me to write poems to honor the earth.

  10. haitiruth says:

    Lovely! Thank you! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  11. Happy Earth Day, Michelle! I love your triolet, especially this line: “Renewing growth out of winter’s stupor.” Thank you for sharing!

  12. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Gorgeous picture and triolet. Every spring renews my hope as the earth greens and blooms, and especially this year. Here’s to rebirth and renewal in many spheres this earth day.

  13. Tabatha says:

    Poor Bonnie (and poor Sarah)! I wonder why she had springs too few.
    Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing them and your triolet! Happy Earth Day!

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