Poetry Friday–Holiday EXPO 2019 & Ginger Spice

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Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing some sweetness and spice in poetry and images this week for my post. My images are from The 2019 Winter Art & Crafts EXPO at the Evanston Art Center open now through December 21, 2019 at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. My Greeting Cards, Gift Cards, Bookmarks, and Archival prints featured here are also available in my online Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art.

This week Rebecca Herzog at her blog Sloth Reads is our host for the Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Rebecca! And thank you also for your prompt to write a poem about a food that is worthy of having its “own National Day.” I did a little research following Rebecca’s link to the National Day Calendar and wrote a poem about Ginger spice inspired from National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Here’s my poem:


We all need something sweet and nice
tingly, pungent, like ginger spice.

Especially when clouds are cold and gray
A dollop, a sprinkle, some flakes so gay.

It’ll chase away those bumbling blues
and might become your favorite muse…

Go on indulge that epicurean call
sweet or savory it’ll satisfy all.

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

I’m also adding a bit of pungency to my post and sharing a few of my #thanku haikus that I’ve been writing but haven’t had a chance this week to post. One is purely a reaction haiku to this weeks hearings.

where lies respect 
fellow states persons– 
in sphinx’s ashes… 
© 11-20-2019

freedom–value, and 
honor her, hold her dear, 
thanku brave voices 
© 11-19-2019

hold liberty dear 
while under attack… thanku 
freedom stay steadfast. 
© 11-21-2019 Michelle Kogan

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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18 Responses to Poetry Friday–Holiday EXPO 2019 & Ginger Spice

  1. Rebecca Herzog says:

    Your ginger spice poem has me wanting to make up a warm autumn drink. And i love the idea of writing thanku haikus

  2. lindabaie says:

    “thanku brave voices” – perfect, Michelle. It was a week hard to watch, but inspiring from those who dared speak. I don’t know what might happen next, but know those who have shown courage will sleep well. I have a ginger cookie recipe I love, will remember your ‘spice delight’ poem! “your favorite muse” is so right. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Tabatha says:

    You and I are on the same page, Michelle 🙂 I’m a fan of that “favorite muse”! And I’ve been giving the brave voices a standing ovation in my heart.

  4. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh, that ginger spice. So fun…and so versatile. Your poem just makes me want to go play with the word ginger! Thank you for hearing the brave voice. I’m so thankful for them too.

  5. jama says:

    I just happen to be sipping a mug of ginger tea while reading this. Love the poem and your lovely holiday expo display. 🙂

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Yummy! Ginger is one of my favorite flavors whether in tea or cookies or just about anything. I enjoyed your thanku from this week, especially for the strong, brave voices.

  7. Joyce Ray says:

    Warm gingerbread is one of my comforts of winter, so I appreciate your ginger spice poem. I found myself glued to the hearings and your haiku capture the sense I had of the strong and brave voices of those career statesmen and stateswomen who do their jobs everyday with integrity. I am grateful for them.

  8. janicescully says:

    I love gingerbread and the taste of ginger. Hold liberty dear/ while under attack . . . Yes. I’m very concerned about our democracy.

  9. So much beauty in one post. You are represented well at the expo. Love Ginger Spice!

  10. cweichel says:

    Your Ginger Spice poem makes me want to go and make cookies!

  11. macrush53 says:

    Ginger cookies are my favorite and my mouth is watering.

  12. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Look at that beautiful display! Your poem “Ginger Spice” has just the right sweetness, Michelle. Adding to the grocery list….

  13. haitiruth says:

    Ginger is the best – thank you for honoring it with your poem! And I like your thankus too. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. Mmm…. Thanks for the gingery-spicy words and the images of your beautiful art! (Happy Selling!) :0)

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