Poetry Friday–Inktober & Halloween Cards

1a-Balancing world on Back-Inktober-10-3-2019 copy

Environmental Weight of the World, After Sisyphus, Michelle Kogan © 2019, pen & ink.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with a dual focus today… First I’m participating in #Inktober2019, and along with the ink drawing I’m writing short poems–mostly haikus. I’m also attempting this year to follow Jake Parker’s prompts, (the originator of Inktober 10 years ago) though I may meander off this path… Above is Day 3, and the prompt was: bait. 

balance your bait
cast your line, pause, ponder–
sullied scales of justice

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here’s the inktober prompts schedule:



And for my second focus I’m offering some new Halloween Cards that are available in my Etsy Shop, Michelle Kogan Fine Art. (with the exception of Watch Out! Witchy Halloween–which will be up very soon.)

1- candy corn card 10-2019

Candy Corn and Friends, Halloween Card.


1- inky splat halloween card envp pen 10-2019

Inky Inky Splat… Halloween Card.


1- Sugar SKull halloween card front 10-2019

Sugar Skull, Halloween Card.



1a-Watch Out witchy halloween front envp 10-2019

Watch Out! Witchy Halloween.


1-witchy Halloween- poem on back- 1--2019-

Poem on Back of: Watch Out! Witchy Halloween.


Many thanks to Cheriee Weichell at her blog Library Matters, who is our Poetry Friday Roundup Host today! She has a delightful blog featuring Canadian poet and children’s author Robert Heidbreder.

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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16 Responses to Poetry Friday–Inktober & Halloween Cards

  1. I love inktober, it’s so fun to see how everyone interprets the prompts!

  2. Michelle, these are so much fun! I esp. love the Witchy one with its wee witchy verse. 🙂 Thank you! xo

  3. Tabatha says:

    My hat is off to you for doing Inktober AND Poemtober! Your Halloween cards are fun. Seems like you are making the most of the season!

  4. lindabaie says:

    Love that “balance your bait”, Michelle, & the witchy hat, bat & moon. Gorgeous! October is so much fun!

  5. jama says:

    Fine job with the “bait” prompt!! Enjoyed seeing all your Halloween cards too. 🙂

  6. cweichel says:

    I am infatuated with your cards Michelle! Like others before me, I especially appreciate the witchy one!

  7. maryleehahn says:

    That drawing of Sisyphus, barely balancing with the entire world at risk, is so poignant, so true…

  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I am enjoying seeing your ink drawings and poems this month. This one for bait takes my breath away with its truth. So many days it feels like the whole world is in a pretty precarious balance.

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Halloween can’t be any more creative than here at your post, Michelle. You got illustrations, cards, and poems. I am favoring the Wacky Witch. If you want to add one of your creations to Abundant Autumn’s Halloween section let lme knw.

  10. Your Halloween art/poem are so much fun! Congrats on participating in inktober. You’re off to a great start! Thanks for sharing.

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