#PoetryFriday–Dad and #Inktober2019

Dreidel butterfly card -10-24-2019

 Dreidel Treasures, WIP, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor, Holiday card  coming to my Etsy Shop: MichelleKoganFineArt soon.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I have a few poems today, the first couple are for #Inktober2019, from this weeks prompts. In my first one I’m continuing our approaching holiday theme with the prompt word from Monday: treasure.


Find treasure…
spinning through air
whirling through time
celebrating with light
on winter’s
darkest night,
find treasure…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Tuesdays ‘s prompt word was: ghost. (and I have some ghosts sitting on my drawing table waiting for me to complete them…)

ghosts wear many
colors beguiling their true

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Yesterday’s prompt word gave us: ancient.

ancient wisdom lies 
waiting in gingko tree’s 

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

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



October 24th marks the third anniversary of my Fathers passing–he was and continues to be a very unique and dear person for me. I’ve been writing poems for him–about him–about us over these last few years. This one I just wrote:


You left us in season’s roundness–
After your autumn birthday and
Before Halloween’s harvest moon…

My shining light
my steady beacon,
believing in my constancy
unfailing in support.
I could sail into
unchartered chapters
with your trust in my judgment–
I could build inner
character strength and wipe away
doubt with your trust…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan


I’m hoping to make a brief appearance for next week’s Poetry Friday–If  I don’t surface I’m probably somewhere in between stacks of cards and pages of my latest picture book dummy preparing for a holiday show and a SCBWI conference, both approaching very soon…

Many Thanks to Karen Edmisten for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, at her blog Karen Edmisten!

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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13 Responses to #PoetryFriday–Dad and #Inktober2019

  1. katswhiskers says:

    Such a beautiful poem to your dad, Michelle. Precious! Glad you are enjoying your Inktober!

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I enjoyed reading all your poems but the one for your Dad is touching. These lines are endearing: I could sail into
    unchartered chapters
    with your trust in my judgment–
    Best of luck to you as you launch your new projects.

  3. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Beautifully decorated dreidels, Michelle. I love how nature sneaks into everything you do! The poem for your dad is so moving. I particularly like how the references to roundness in the first stanza carry over into the image of a beacon in the second stanza. I bet your dad is still watching over you and smiling with pride. xo

  4. jama says:

    Moving poem about your Dad. Agree with Michelle’s
    comment — he’s probably watching over you and so proud!
    Enjoyed your Inktober offerings — the dreidels are wonderful. 🙂

  5. cweichel says:

    Your poem about your Dad resonated deep with me today. My father’s birthday was last week, October 22. He would have been 87 this year, although he left us a long time ago.

  6. Tabatha says:

    I like how your dreidels are in motion on the page. Your poem for your dad is heartwarming. He sounds like his is still shining for you.

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Michelle. It sounds like you were blessed with a really special father who left his legacy in you. Thanks for sharing all of these.

  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your poem for you dad is moving and shows such love between you. Those dancing dreidels are beautiful as are your Inktober poems.

  9. haitiruth says:

    Beautiful post! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  10. maryleehahn says:

    The gingko trees in our neighborhood are just about ready to release their messengers. Ancient wisdom, indeed. Here’s to the wisdom of your father, living on in you. Your tribute is lovely.

  11. Thanks for these poems, and for sharing about your father. Your love for him blooms in your poem.

  12. mbhmaine says:

    You’ve written such a beautiful poem to remember your father. The bond you shared with him is tangible in what you’ve written. Good luck with all the upcoming events/activities on your plate!

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