#Poetry Friday–Inktober day 10 Patterns

1-REindeer snow inktober 10-10-2019

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with another haiku to accompany my inktober drawing, WIP. Thinking about our encroaching cold weather and all that fluffy snow that fills the ground…  The prompt word is pattern.

nature’s patterns 
inspire reflections 
mirroring beauty

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here’s the inktober prompt schedule from the originator Jake Parker:


Here’s a very short poem about patterns and math by Rita Dove–and the article on the page is interesting too:

I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,

“—from “Geometry” by Rita Dove”

Read the last line to her poem here.


Catherine  Flynn at her blog Reading to the Core is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup! She has a welcoming post on gratitude and being thankful. And I thank you for the breath of fresh air moving through your post Catherine, and for hosting! 

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–Inktober day 10 Patterns

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Michelle, I’ve been following your poemtober and inktober posts. I’m trying to play along. It’s fun to know there is a wider community cheering me on. Your art reflects patterns of beauty.

  2. How much do I love the way you used color in this one?! Beautiful. (And we are seeing LOTS of deer every day right now!) xo

  3. jama says:

    Love your drawing! The deer in our yard are very happy about it too. 🙂

  4. lindabaie says:

    I love the reflections on the snow & we had snow yesterday, thus I went out this morning (sun finally out) to see those shadows, your “reflections”. Sometimes shadows show things we otherwise miss. I enjoyed the article and the other poems, too, Michelle. I used to share Sandburg’s “Arithmetic” with my students. There are other poems that intrigue about math. Lovely post!

  5. “Nature’s patterns” are endlessly fascinating to me. I love your poem and drawing! Thank you for sharing them, and for the link to Rita Dove’s clever poem. I’ve been having lots of fun playing with a fib poem today.

  6. A lovely and timely pairing, Michelle.

  7. Where, where are you posting your Inktober work? Somehow I’m missing out! Love your drawingIP!

  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Ooh, don’t you just love those lines from Rita Dove? I’m so impressed with you Inktobering types! Your pairing for “patterns” is terrific, Michelle.

  9. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your ink and words for pattern is one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing your Inktober/Poemtober offerings. Thanks for sharing the article. Maybe if I had encountered something like it when I was a student, I might have been more open to math. At least I’m beginning to see some connections nowl

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I love your take on pattern. It’s such fun to see how some very talented folk are combining the drawing and the poetry. I struggled with a poem for pattern and am hoping I can go back when inspiration strikes.

  11. laurashovan222 says:

    I see the patterns from your poem in the buck’s antlers. It’s been a blast following Inktober this year. There’s so much talent and playfulness in what people (including you!) share.

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