Poetry Friday–Winter Solstice 2019

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Winter Solstice, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, pen, pencil, and watercolor sketch


Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Winter Solstice!

I‘ve been thinking about the winter solstice and our changing seasons…

Here are a couple poems I wrote while pondering on our solstice a haiku for #natember  #haikuforhope #haikuforjustice #haikuforkindness, and a nonet:

think about 
mother nature, care for her
like your child…

 © 2019 Michelle Kogan



Solace settles solstice’s sky as 
starlight blankets our longest night… 
Earth pulls her covers up tight 
as season takes a turn. 
Celestial dance 
takes center stage 

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

Here are a couple of sites with winter solstice info and images. The first one has info about Ursids Meteor Shower that will occur this weekend and the second site has some great pics of druids and  people celebrating solstice.

And if winter leaves you blue here’s a little music to lift you up into the stars…


Buffy Silverman  at her blog Buffy Silverman Children’s Author is hosting this weeks  Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Buffy! We must be on the same wave length for Buffy’s  post features THE ALMOST SOLSTICE EDITION! So stop on by for all she’s dishing up and lots more poetry goodness!


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–Winter Solstice 2019

  1. Linda KulpTrout says:

    I can’t decide which I love more- your art or your poetry! Both are so lovely! My favorite line is “starlight blankets our longest night… ” Beautiful! I hope you have a joyous holiday, Michelle.

  2. Love the moon shadow of your bunny–and starlight blanketing our longest night. Happy solstice and holidays to you!

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle. thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork and poetry. Winter is certainly alive in what you do for you bring brilliant imagery to the written page: starlight blankets our longest night. May starlight keep us warm and cozy tomorrow night. I’ll be thinking of you.

  4. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Wow, wow, wow to your Winter Solstice picture! I love it! Also you poems… pulling covers up tight is definitely what I do! Thanks so much for this post!

  5. jama says:

    Happy Solstice. Thanks for sharing those lovely poems and your beautiful painting!!

  6. haitiruth says:

    I like “solace” and “solstice” together. And what a lovely painting! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  7. Tim Kulp says:

    I really like you art and the poem is excellent. In your painting I like your use of the green and white to create a snowy tree effect. Also, i like the use of light on the moon. Nice work!

  8. cweichel says:

    It’s all just gorgeous Michelle. I love the idea of the days getting longer, but I don’t like that ‘real winter’ sets in now.

  9. maryleehahn says:

    I love the way the trees and stars lean in and the way the moonlight encircles the rabbit. This image speaks to the love in your haiku, and gives the feel of pulling the blankets close in your nonet. Lovely.

  10. Wow, Michelle–the curving, circular-cyclical shapes of everything in this illustration, even the stars, is enchanting! I’ve loved your #haiku too!

  11. Ruth said it first — love the play between solace and solstice. Gorgeous as always. Cheers! — Christie

  12. mbhmaine says:

    What a beautiful post, Michelle! . Like Heidi, I love the repeating curves in your gorgeous illustration, especially how the trees bend to shelter that wee rabbit. These lines from your second poem are lovely as well:
    “Earth pulls her covers up tight
    as season takes a turn.”
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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