Poetry Friday–Lobelia and Fall…

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Lobelia and Bees, WIP, © 2091 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.


Happy Poetry Friday!

I had a week off in between my summer and fall classes that I teach, and tried to fit in a little bit of painting… My hearts still in summer but the leaves that are falling are gently suggesting a change in seasons. My tanka poem this week came from the leaves lightly whispering my way…


As I paint many
golden feathered leaves fall,
spiral by my eyes,
Ah autumn’s come to call…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

I figure, I better give you some leaves too… But if you see some won’t you  mention to them, we’re in no rush, they can take their time.


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Fall Leaves Cannon Drive, Greeting Card available in my Etsy Shop, Dr. Martin watercolor and pen.

And here’s Mary Oliver’s poem:


the black oaks
fling their bronze fruit
into all the pockets of the earth
     pock pock

they knock against the thresholds
the roof the sidewalk
fill the eaves
    the bottom line

of the old gold song
of the almost finished year
what is spring all that tender
     green stuff

compared to this
falling of tiny oak trees

out of the oak trees
     then the clouds

Read the rest of her gorgeous poem here.

Sending my thoughts out to all those in the path of hurricane Dorian and her storms.

Visit Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong at Sylvia’s blog Poetry for Children for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. They are welcoming everyone back to the school year with  Traci Sorell’s poem Thankful. Thanks for hosting Sylvia and Janet!

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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24 Responses to Poetry Friday–Lobelia and Fall…

  1. Tabatha says:

    Your post is a beautiful entrance for autumn. Silver seeds and golden feathers — some unexpected images!
    I like your lobelia as much as your bees do! 🙂

  2. A lovely pairing for welcoming autumn, Michelle. Our leaves are still green here in central Illinois, but it won’t be long!

  3. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I love the tactile-ness of both of these poems. Leaves thumping and trees flinging leaves. So great!

  4. lindabaie says:

    I am seeing lobelia in some places when I walk. Your painting is beautiful, Michelle. And that card with the leaves, ‘ah, autumn’s come to call…’ is perfect. I haven’t seen it happen here, but the trees show a dullness they haven’t shown before. Yes, on its way! Thanks.

  5. Liz says:

    I love the last line and the way your painting is more finished at the top and more of a sketch below.

  6. Alice Nine says:

    Ah, I am with you; “my heart’s still in summer”… but each day this week, in the morning darkness, as I sipped my first cup of coffee on my back porch, I’ve drunk deeply of the cool sweetness of fall’s coming. I like the word twisting in your tanka. The first twist that caught my eye was “fall” as a verb when I expected it to be a noun. And I love your enjambed lines “As I paint many / golden feathered leaves fall,” where the direct object of “paint” is also the subject of “fall” — something that works so well in poetry but not at all in prose. And… thank you for sharing Mary Oliver’s rich poem.

  7. I adore fall’s unexpected thump!

  8. Joyce Ray says:

    Thank you for your beautiful art and your poem noticing the harbingers of fall. I love Oliver’s lines:
    the old gold song
    of the almost finished year

  9. jama says:

    Love the delicacy of your painting, and enjoyed both poems. A lovely, gentle entry into autumn . . .

  10. Love, love the addition of the Mary Oliver poem! Your poems and paintings are delightful! They give me the urge to go outside and look for autumn. It can’t get here soon enough for me!

  11. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Gorgeous painting and poem. I’m ready for fall, but hope it lingers well through the end of the year. I suspect–hope–the hills we’ve moved to will be a riot of color next month.

  12. Hi, Michelle, and thanks for joining our Poetry Friday gathering. How did I not know you were an artist as well as a poet? Your paintings are beautiful!

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