Poetry Friday–List Poem & Watercolor

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Moonflower Vine & Hummingbird, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, WIP, watercolor & watercolor pencil.


Happy Poetry Friday!

What to do when the world won’t stop spinning… retreat to poetry and art. I squeezed in the beginning of a painting this afternoon–outside in the sunshine, even though a thousand other demands were calling me… And even though I shouldn’t start another new painting, but my moonflowers have been beckoning me. My reward this lovely humming bird that was close enough to almost touch my nose, what a treat. 

My poem today came to me while on a walk this week, those are good for decompressing too! I think it’s more or less a list poem–sending a bit of dandy into the blogosphere…


daily walks 
doggie walkers 
nose noodling air 
nose noodling phones, 
rush hour jets hum 
cicadas hum louder 
squirrel’s five o’clockish call 
sirens streaming down 
falls five o’clockish sun 
nature’s natural spotlight, 
periwinkle blue surprise 
for slowing down one’s eyes… 
Butter churned yellow

dusty kissed rose, 
both beguiling begonias, 
proudest pink 
Japanese anemones 
loaded with loving specialties, 
sprinkler cycling full circle 
tickling low hanging leaves 
dwindling down, 
down down 
dripping drops as 
day slips dandily away.

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Carol Varsalona at her blog Beyond Literacy Link is Rounding us all up for this weeks Poetry Friday features, thanks Carol! She’s offering some mouth watering imagery, poems, and more from her Embraceable Summer Travels Across the World, make sure to stop by it’s terrific!

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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10 Responses to Poetry Friday–List Poem & Watercolor

  1. Tabatha says:

    I love the delicacy of your moonflower vine…and how delightful that you had a hummingbird so close! The sounds, rhythms, and unexpected twists of your poem are a pleasure.

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your list poem leads me into a wonder walk of nature’s and the world’s finest treasures in your locale. Love this line: nature’s natural spotlight because there are so many to watch and lollygag the day away or as you said so poetically: day slips dandily away. Many thanks for this morning pleasure-a gorgeous close up of a hummingbird and a lovely poem.

  3. macrush53 says:

    Love the painting and the hummingbird. Thank goodness we can turn to art and poetry in times like this.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I’m glad you painted so we could love the picture, Michelle, & hear about that hummingbird. And I love the idea of the sprinkler ‘tickling low hanging leaves” among all the other lovely images. Take deep breaths. The world is whirling, I know, but I have hopes for a good end!

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your poem sends lots of dandies into the world. I’m glad you slowed down enough to notice all these treasures and wrap them up for us in such a playful poem.

  6. Michelle! Love this rhythmic montage of 5 o’clockish glories!

  7. cweichel says:

    I opened your link and as I gazed at your painting I was made calm. Then I read your poem and was wowed by it’s business.

  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    “day slips dandily away” 🙂 Love that! And the hummingbird that kept you company… a real dandy as well, no doubt.

  9. mbhmaine says:

    I’m so glad you heeded the call of the moonflower and captured it and that lovely hummingbird in your painting! Beautiful! I also love your list poem and all that it celebrates as the day winds down.

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