Poetry Friday–4th of July

4th of july Flag 2019-7-4-2019

4th of July, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy 4th of July!

I’m sharing an acrostic poem for the 4th reflecting on American values. And a poem by Emma Lazarus whose poem “The New Colossus” was engraved on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal in 1903.

Patricia Stohr-Hunt is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog    The Miss Rumphius Effect. Stop by her blog for more poetry goodness! Thanks for hosting Patricia!


Fanfares celebrate changes 
Of guard, a reclaiming of justice, 
Ushering out oppressive acts and 
Rekindling care of humanity– 
Time to turn these un-American tides and 
Harvest new tides– Tides that wash 
Out social, political, and environmental injustice, and wash in 
Feelings supporting all individuals on this fourth of 
July. Time to embrace diversity a 
Unique and original American value, 
Longing again to feel the warmth of Lady Liberty’s Light, 
Yearning again for inalienable rights for all!

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Read the rest of the poem here
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.


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 Poetry Friday–4th of July

  1. cweichel says:

    Thank you for sharing both of these poems Michelle. Here in Canada many of us are demanding that our political leaders censure the concentration camps where children are being held. I hope the the power of love wins out.

  2. lindabaie says:

    I love your art, Michelle, rather dreamy as I feel the emotion of your acrostic poem, too. And I love your metaphor of the ocean tides, in and out, also connected to Lazarus’ poignant words: “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. . .”

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, thanks for sharing Lazarus’ poem and reflecting it in your own acrostic poem.
    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore”

    “Longing again to feel the warmth of Lady Liberty’s Light,
    Yearning again for inalienable rights for all!”

    Your lines: “Harvest new tides– Tides that wash
    Out social, political, and environmental injustice, and wash in
    Feelings supporting all individuals on this fourth of
    July.” are carried through into your art.

  4. haitiruth says:

    I like your hopeful poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I hope we see the changes your poem celebrates. I especially like the metaphor of the tides sweeping out injustice.

  6. Yesterday was hard for me, but your poem gives me hope, Michelle. I love it.

  7. carwilc says:

    I am always blown away by the way you can create art with words and images! I especially love, “Longing again to feel the warmth of Lady Liberty’s Light.” I wonder when we will ever feel this light again.

  8. maryleehahn says:

    I like the hope, courage, and determination (maybe even a tad bit of righteous anger) in your poem. Makes me say, “YES!!” And, as always, I love your art!!!

  9. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Now that’s my kind of Fourth of July! May it be so, Michelle.

  10. Michelle, your flag is stunning and I like the way you employed the tides washing in and out in your poem. Hope your holiday weekend was enjoyable.

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