Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m happy to share with you my painting and Summer Milkweed poem that will be included in the exhibit:
Plant Medicine: Multi-Speciies Wellness in a Global City
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm
running through November 3, 2019
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
Free and open to the public
How do migratory human and non-human beings learn to grow and flourish in a city of steel and glass? Through the lens of plants, this exhibition explores the connections between nature, health and growing roots. Follow the Evenbrite link to read more about the exhibit.
This painting is one of four large oil paintings I am creating, documenting milkweed throughout the seasons, and monarchs when they are there. When completed each painting will have a poem on the reverse side. Here’s the poem that accompanies this painting:
A spring sprout
Voila, Milkweed, you’re a full-fledged plant,
standing upright at 5 feet,
beaming before the sun–
Here I am, you seem to say…
Monarchs visit daily,
laying their eggs abundantly.
Nicely nibbled leaves appear up,
down, and around your stalk–
clueing caterpillars cycle has begun.
Mid July your flowers begin blooming,
releasing their irresistible nectar into the air.
Calling– Come pollinators…
Come monarchs, and feast on my flowers–
Come commas and sulphur whites,
rejoice in our pollen.
Come bees of all types–
Fly bees, bumble bees, ground bees, moth bees,
and come milkweed beetles,
come one and all–
Pollinate our milkweed forest,
spread the word throughout nature–
We’re here, we’re ready.
Listen to the gentle rush of wind
jostling our milkweed forest,
listen to the buzz of bees
moving amongst our flowers,
listen for the soundless monarch
calling for your help.
Grow a small milkweed forest,
start with one seed–
Give it water,
give it sun,
give it care, love, and hope,
it’ll grow and spread,
monarchs will come–
Keep them coming,
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
Heidi Mordhorst at her blog my juicy little universe is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, and boy does she have a rich line-up on her blog. First, she’s calling for our participation in the next Climate Strike on September 20th. And then she’s featuring a whole slew of wonderful poems that she introduced in 2009 and is reintroducing as “definito,” featuring the SUNDAY POETRY SWAGGERS, including Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core, Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone, Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise, and Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. Heidi is also featuring a few Poetry Friday Poets who also participated in her 2009 posts on “definito” poems including, Mary Lee Hahn at A year of Reading, Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Children, and Diane Mayr at Random Noodling. Thanks for your fabulous post and for hosting Heidi!
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.