Poetry Friday–Soaking in Summer’s End…

Indiana Dunes Painting 9-12-2019

Indiana Dunes, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.


Happy Poetry Friday! My daughter and I took a rendezvous to the Indiana Dunes National Park last Saturday. We lounged by the lake’s edge and then took a hike up the tallest Dune in the area Mount Tom, named after Tom Brady. At the top of our climb, at Mount Tom we learned about the history of this area and, voila a poem and painting emerged…


5500 years ago
Tolleston beach had
towering water,
waves 23 feet taller
then today.

sitting on that
same beach
as our cousin sapiens did,
in 3481 BCE.

Lake Michigan’s water
rising, falling, and
rising up, tickling
your toes…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here are some pics from our day…



Laura Purdie Salas at her blog Writing the World for Kids is our Poetry Hostess for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Laura! Be sure to drop by her blog for lots of poetry goodness!

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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19 Responses to Poetry Friday–Soaking in Summer’s End…

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your hike uncovered some end-of-summer treasures. Thanks for sharing your poem that tickles my toes as I look at the (brr) cold lake water. Your imagination was stirred by the surrounding beauty. I like how you created a new scene that shares the delight of summer. I was able to capture your beautiful watercolor to add to the Embraceable Summer Gallery collection. If you would like me to use your drawing, please let me know.

  2. Michelle, your art blows me away! Your painting is gorgeous as always. I especially love the last stanza of your poem!

  3. tim kulp says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos with the poem. I really liked the connection with the past in the poem. Nice work!

  4. lindabaie says:

    I love learning about place history when we visit different places. This is wonderful and a lovely goodbye to summer, ‘Imagine. . .’ Beautiful art capturing of your time, Michelle, & love that you shared the photos, too. Thank you!

  5. I love that repeated invitation to imagine (and create). Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Yes.
    “…tickling your toes.”
    Exactly how I want beach water to reach me, a tickle.
    Appreciations for this lyrical education. I had no idea!
    And I love seeing you & your great gal 🙂

  7. cweichel says:

    What a gorgeous spot Michelle! I love how your poem connects place and time. I am left wondering what it will be like in another 5500 years.

  8. margaretsmn says:

    Lovely painting. I love the repeated word “Imagine” as I imagine walking with you.

  9. mbhmaine says:

    I love the photos you shared! They are beautiful, as are your painting and your poem. Spending time with adult children is a treat!

  10. jama says:

    LOVE your painting, poem and all the photos. Such a lovely spot! I can feel the water tickling my toes. . .

  11. Alice Nine says:

    Lovely painting, Michelle, and thanks for the photos. Enjoyed them all. I love the repetition of “imagine” in your poem; it really drew me in.

  12. Ramona says:

    I was enticed to stop by when I read your title, Soaking in Summer’s End. Your watercolor is beautiful, the poem exquisite, and your pics are lovely. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  13. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    What a lovely poetry keepsake from your beautiful day with your daughter! I especially love the evocative ending. Beautiful watercolor and photos, too!

  14. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for sharing the loveliness of your day with us! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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