Poetry Friday–is it still fall?

1a-Leaf Collage Card front

Leaf Collage Card and Print, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, print with brush pen and watercolor, available in my Etsy Shop.

Happy Poetry Friday

I think it’s still fall, but I’m starting to wonder… We’ve been having some very cold snowy days here in Chicago, our windy city. But I’m holding on to fall till December and bringing you some fallish poems and art. I’m sharing this new leaf collage print/painting. It has a haiku on the back which reads:

autumn leaves

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Somewhere below the snow are our autumn leaves–in great abundance, as we haven’t had a chance to rake yet…

The card is available in my Etsy Shop, Michelle Kogan Fine Art, a print will be available there soon. This card and additional cards, prints, and bookmarks will also be at the 2019 Winter Arts and Crafts EXPO at the Evanston Art Center that opens November 16, 2019.

In between the snow, teaching and prepping for this Holiday Fair I’ve been writing #thanku haikus. Here are a few from this week:

thanku morning light
that drives my desires and 
inspires ideas…

quiet november
night, blankets calm–thanku
mother nature

looking for fall’s
patience–thankful for its
inward reflection

gray-day window,
leaves fade away sidewalks speak,
thanks for nature’s eyes

hurry–walk– only
one hour of sunlight left…

thanku sunshine
© 2019 Michelle Kogan

My heads still in summer, and I’ve been listening to Lana Del Rays’ Doin’ Time, so I thought I ‘d share it with you. Maybe it’ll scare away some of the cold…


Irene Latham at he blog, Live Your Poem, is our roundup hostess extraordinaire this week. Be sure to stop by her blog for lots of poetry goodness! Thanks for hosting Irene!

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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15 Responses to Poetry Friday–is it still fall?

  1. Tabatha says:

    I like all the texture and layers in your leaf card, Michelle, and thinking about “fall’s patience.” Thank you for the thanku haikus!

  2. What a lovely autumn bouquet of thankus! The autumn palette suits you, dear Michelle! xo

  3. lindabaie says:

    I love your card, Michelle, wishing that color was still here, but with our two snowstorms, the fading has occurred. The thankus will be appreciated at your fair, I’m sure. I love that ‘one hour of sunlight left’ – this week’s mantra!

  4. jama says:

    Gorgeous autumn leaf card, Michelle! So enjoyed reading all your thankus. Hope you get a chance to rake those leaves :D.

  5. shellschaub says:

    Michelle, your autumn card is stunning. It captures Chicago fall colors beautifully! I love the idea of writing thank you haiku for the month of November. A great way to cultivate a spirit of gratitude!

  6. mbhmaine says:

    Your card is absolutely beautiful and so are your haiku. I especially like the idea of “fall’s patience,” and I am also so thankful for morning light and its inspiration. The trees are bare here and the temperatures have dropped, but there’s no sign of snow at my house yet. Fall still reigns.

  7. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    I was staring out my own “grey-day window” today. Didn’t hear the sidewalks speak, but I think they were having a conversation with the rain. 🙂 Love your new leaf collage, Michelle! I hope your snow melts and the Chicago autumn returns for an encore.

  8. cweichel says:

    Your haiku and beautiful card inspired me to work on a poem about the leaves on the tree outside my window Michelle. This will be the last fall season in this house and I am grieving not having the display next year. I am thankful for your words that remind me to be thankful for my world.

  9. Lovely, Michelle. I’m about 4 hours south of you, and we had our first snow on Halloween. That’s super early for us, and it looked so weird having the autumn leaves still hanging from trees covered in snow.

  10. Karen Edmisten says:

    I’m holding on to fall, too, Michelle, though we might get our first snow tonight. I love this fall-ish post!

  11. I am loving the haikus of gratitude. Super enjoyed the video as well – very fitting soundtrack indeed. 🙂

  12. Susan Bruck says:

    Beautiful Autumn painting–It really captures the feeling of fall. And I really enjoyed the thankus–always good to remember what we have to be grateful for. I hope you have a little more fall. We seem to have several seasons in the course of the day. Today it was in the 60’s, but it’s supposed to snow overnight then get warm again later this week.

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