#Poetry Friday–Spring Flowers & Decisions

1-Rose Carnation cana lily WIP 4-25-2019

Red Rose, Carnation, Calla Lily, and Hummingbird, WIP, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I shared a cherita poem this week for #NaPoWriMo and a WIP Painting. As I continued working on the painting I decided to write a second cherita that would  continue on from the first poem. Below are both ending with the second.



Red Rose rose–

Dignified, delicate, and 
determined to dance…

Alas Carnation cut in,
curtailing her charismatic character. 
Can’t we cohabitate cordially, Rose commented.

© 2019 Michelle Kogan



Hummingbird hovered by…

Hum, hum, hum, sang hummingbird’s wings– 
Beauty lies in harmony she sang

Off she flew– 
Red Rose, rose to dance, Carnation curtsied, 
and Calla lily contentedly sighed.

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

I’ve been having to deal with some neighbor decisions this week and looked for a poem that might address or shift my thoughts from the dilemma that is at hand. (A neighbor’s beloved tree that she wants to have sprayed to save, and my concerns over the spraying of pesticides.) Here’s what I found to temporarily distract me.


by Kim Dower

I go to the corner liquor store
for a bottle of water, middle
of a hectic day, must get out
of the office, stop making decisions,
quit obsessing does my blue skirt clash
with my hot pink flats; should I get
my mother a caregiver or just put her
in a home, and I pull open the glass
refrigerator door, am confronted
by brands—Arrowhead, Glitter Geyser,
Deer Park, spring, summer, winter water,
and clearly the bosses of bottled water:
Real Water and Smart Water—how different
will they taste? If I drink Smart Water
will I raise my IQ but be less authentic?
Read the rest of the poem here


Also, currently the Poetry Foundation has a rich collection on Poetry and the Environment

Carol Varsalona at her blog Beyond Literacy Link is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. I’m looking forward to checking out what she’s offering, hope you’ll stop by too! Thanks for hosting Carol!

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–Spring Flowers & Decisions

  1. lindabaie says:

    I wrote a similar poem about violets this week, Michelle. Love this ‘dance’ of the flowers you’ve created. As for the water dilemma, and your neighbor one, too, may you continue to be ‘smart and hydrated’! Ha! It feels to me that many should bring their own water bottles & stop with the plastic!

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your artwork is so lovely. Thank you for sharing the beauty of springtime. Your poems have not only a lilting quality to them but a message that the world needs to hear: living harmoniously with each other. There is always room to share space. There are many ways to be kind. As for your dilemma, I am glad that you were temporarily distracted.

  3. jama says:

    Especially lovely watercolor this week, Michelle. Love the charming poems that go with your art; nice use of alliteration. 🙂 Hope your dilemma is solved soon; the bottled water poem was certainly different and interesting . . .

  4. cweichel says:

    I love the watercolour and the poems. The personification appeals to me. I went to read the rest of the bottled water poem and left feeling unsettled, but I think that was the point, yes?

  5. Your alliteration dances along with the flowers and hummingbird, Michelle! I love how your watercolors capture their dance, as well!

  6. Liz Steinglass says:

    I love how you treat the flowers as characters in these lines:
    Red Rose, rose to dance, Carnation curtsied,
    and Calla lily contentedly sighed.

  7. Alice Nine says:

    Love, love your watercolor pencil! As I drank it its beauty, I saw a peaceful array of diversity. Then I read your cherita (which is wonderful) and realized that in the beautiful peaceful array of diversity there also is conflict. How like life is that?! I pondered it… just as in the beauty and peace there lies conflict, in conflict— if I look —perhaps I can find beauty and peace. And “Bottled Water” is spot on — love the juxtaposition in the opening lines, love the wit and humor. Just yesterday afternoon, I stood at a beverage cooler in the airport and read all those labels and found myself consciously thinking about which one to buy.

  8. Distractions can be lifesavers for sure. Your cheritas are charming! Your art and poems always lift my spirits.

  9. maryleehahn says:

    I love the story that the two poems tell…and how they are a commentary on your “neighbor issues.” Hoping for a good compromise and re-usable bottles of water all around!

  10. katswhiskers says:

    Such a sweet picture, Michelle. I am so fascinated by the hummingbird so tiny, delicate and delightful! Clever use of alliteration in your poems – ‘carnation cut in’ was a particular delight.

  11. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love how your art and words dance together. Good luck with the neighbor issue–may you find a way to dance together as do the flowers in your poem. Thank you for sharing the water poem. It is a delight that also leaves me much to ponder.

  12. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for another lovely post! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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