Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap


Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m Happy to share my Summer Poem Swap that very recently arrived from Rebecca Herzog. While working on a poem for me, Rebecca researched insects from my area. She came up with the very ancient pondhawk dragonfly. These dragonflies look very much like the dragonfly art that she also sent me. Here’s the  poem:

on a still pond

scintillating wings
wait patiently

swift to the air
the ancient predator
snatches its prey
© 2019 Rebecca Herzog


Many thanks Rebecca,  I am very taken with the entire package–cherita poem, dragonfly letter, and art–they are all summer-filled with loveliness!

Thanks also Tabatha Yeatts for organizing and initiating the Summer Poem Swaps, they bring so much joy and great poetry to all!


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Detail from: Water Goddess with Bullfrogs and Dragonfly, © 2012 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil

Here’s a thank you response poem for you Rebecca:

Dragonfly time traveler
     emerges between 3,000 year-old layered time…
Dragonfly time traveler
     flaps his wings with ancient wisdom,
          scans his surroundings,
               and dives back into

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Margaret Simon, at her blog  Reflections on the Teche, is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week with an incredibly rich post about stolen art, including a poem of hers from a title and art stolen from an artist/author friend. Make sure to stop by and view all the poetry goodness there.

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–Summer Poem Swap

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    ooooooh. lovely! This week seems to be a read and respond week. Ancient predator dovetails so nicely with 3,000 year old time traveler. A successful swap!

  2. Love Rebecca’s lovely alliterative language and your ancient time traveler!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    Great word choice with “scintillating”. Poetry in the mail is so much fun!

  4. lindabaie says:

    All wonderful, as all the swaps are, Michelle! I love Rebecca’s “swift to the air”, so true of those special insects, & your “dives back into prehistoric time”, true, but sad.

  5. katswhiskers says:

    Such a clever themed poetry swap and respond. You girls have got this! (It doesn’t say, but I’m guessing the cherita form is intentional, Rebecca? It fits too perfectly to not be.)

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Oohhh….those dragonflies swooping through time and space are just lovely all the way around.

  7. cweichel says:

    What a wonderful gift to receive!
    It took me forever to read and respond here because after I read these poems, I ended researching the difference between dragonflies and damselfies. We have blue damselfies around our Okanagan home. When we tube down the river they light on us and hang out for a bit. It feels like a blessing.

  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    This exchange of poems makes me imagine ancient dragonfly troubadours, traveling from village to village, carrying their poetry lightly on their wings. Wonderful poems!

  9. Tabatha says:

    Michelle’s comment about dragonfly troubadours is like a third poem 🙂
    Love focusing on these ancient predators… Well done, both of you!

  10. cvarsalona says:

    This is the strangest thing. I know for certain that I already read your post and commented but I do not see it here. I really enjoyed your work this week, Michelle. Rebecca’s scintillating wings inspired you to respond making both of swapees.
    Dragonfly time traveler
    flaps his wings with ancient wisdom-great image and thought

  11. maryleehahn says:

    I also got a perfect-for-me swap poem from Rebecca! Lucky us!

  12. mbhmaine says:

    What a beautiful exchange of poems! Dragonflies are fascinating and both poems celebrated them with such beautiful language–“swift to the air” and “flaps his wings with ancient wisdom.” Lovely!

  13. haitiruth says:

    Such lovely dragonflies and poems! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. Susan Bruck says:

    I love both the dragonfly poems! Dragonflies always seem magical to me, although I never thought of them as time travelers before (but I will now!) As always, your artwork is beautiful and inspiring.

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