Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap & Thanks

Happy Poetry Friday!


Tabatha Yeatts created a “glowing” acrostic poem-bookmark for me for the Summer Poetry Swap, thanks so much Tabatha, and thanks for organizing the swap again this summer too, xo!
She used some of my art as the background.  I like the detail she used, and may have to borrow the idea to make additional bookmarks for my Etsy Shop.

Multitudes reside

In hearts open wide.

Creators find hope

Holding telescopes–

Everything we see

Links you to me.

Let the universe show

Each of us glows.

Tabatha Yeatts, © 2019  all rights reserved

Acrostic poem-Bookmark from- Tabatha Yeatts 8-2019

Here’s a golden shovel, tune inspired thank you poem for Tabatha, which I need to deliver to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ Today’s Little Ditty poetry padlet, for Jesse Anna Bornemann’s Reader Spotlight ditty challenge this month.


For Tabatha

Lift up your head, you

who’ve given us all so much– You must

relish all our praise, for we appreciate

your acts of poetic kindness, and the

joy you bring us lights up our day!

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

My borrowed lines are: Lift up your head, and You must appreciate the day.

Sun image-poem for Tabatha 8-29-2019

Although, I’m going to reveal this tune for it falls short in one area of the prompt. While it is by a former Beatle it may not be so very well known…


A small note… I’ve been a bit absent and hope to be visiting the Poetry Friday Blog posts after this Sunday. I’ve been busy readying a picture book manuscript and dummy submission that has a due date this Sunday. Looking forward to reading all of your posts!

Kat Appel at her blog Kat Whiskers is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup with a bevy of books coming out by friends of hers and a spank’n new picture book, a rural rhymer by our host herself. Thanks for hosting Kat, and congrats on the new picture book!

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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap & Thanks

  1. Linda KulpTrout says:

    Michelle, your art and poetry blows me away. You bring so much beauty into the world!

  2. cweichel says:

    Both of these poems and bookmarks are just gorgeous Michelle!

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, the work by both you and Tabatha is creative and inspiring. Thanks for always sharing your beautiful artwork that I truly appreciate. Also, thank you for the Paul McCartney song. I never heard it before and it certainly the right song for a great poetry swap.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I love the rhyming in Tabatha’s poem and then your golden shovel for her & for the Ditty challenge, wow! The art in Tabatha’s poem is also beautiful. Best wishes in your project, Michelle!

  5. katswhiskers says:

    Ditto to your golden shovel sentiment. Tabatha is a joy we all appreciate! And what a wonderful poem she wrote you. Lovely!

  6. Tabatha says:

    Thank you, Michelle!! 😊 What a beautiful gift!! Much appreciations for the song as well.
    Congrats on completing the picture book manuscript and dummy submission! So much work, but it feels so good, right?

  7. OOOH, I love that Tabitha was able to write an acrostic that also has a smooth flow and seamless rhyme. No small feat. And your artwork is the perfect backdrop. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Susan Bruck says:

    I love both of your poems! You introduced me to the golden shovel and I really like it as a poetic form–maybe I’ll even try it one day.
    Good luck with your submission!

  9. Kay Mcgriff says:

    There is so much love and joy and creativity in this posts that connects you and Tabatha. And I second (or third or fourth or…) the thanks to Tabatha for organizing the Summer Swap.

  10. margaretsmn says:

    Such personal treasures in your poetry swap poems. You do glow!

  11. Tabatha’s gift pairs perfectly with your beautiful art, and what a lovely thank you poem, too! Thanks for sharing, Michelle.

  12. Lovely bookmarks! Congrats on your submission!

  13. Donna Smith says:

    What a sweet poetic back and forth! And congratulations!

  14. Joyce Ray says:

    Thanks for sharing Tabatha’s very personal poem for you. I love how it links us with all creation. Your Golden Shovel poem is a fine response as it celebrates the gift of Tabatha!

  15. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    I hope your PB sub went off okay, Michelle! Great use of last month’s challenge. I love the song choice and video, and how you turned it into a tribute to Tabatha’s ongoing stream of kindnesses. (The bookmark is beautiful!)

  16. O Dear Michelle! You have lifted me up with the slipping in there – at the end you sly one – of your sending off a manuscript. That “send” button time is the Joy moment for creators. I know it is lovely; I hope it finds the Best Spot. It is soothing to see how you’ve connected over your summer swap. I love the joy you are sharing about our Tabatha with your heartfelt & lyrical poem. She does lift us all up & light our lives. We are together in Poetry Friday, no matter how frequently or how random our communes are.

    • Thanks for your kind and bonding words on our community being together. When Time is scarce for me and I can’t make all the comments I’d like to, I’ll often pop in and read the post at a later time. And, thanks for your encouragement, it’s a tremendous amount of work submitting a dummy along with a manuscript.

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