Poetry Friday:Winter Poem Swap

   Happy Poetry Friday!

Look at all these beautiful poetry postcards I received, each one a small treasure in words and image! They’ve brought me a sense of comfort, calm, and admiration–with a bit of fun edginess from Rebecca’s. Thanks Jone for your poetry card, and for organizing another New Year Winter Poem Swap–and thanks Rebecca, Kay, Margaret, Kimberly, and Irene!

1- winter 2020 poetry postcard swap


In New Year’s arms, we find a space 
open for our thoughts to inspire,
dreams seeded in winter with grace.
In New Year’s arms, we find a space
to refresh a lost sense of place,
and find hope for what we aspire.
In New Year’s arms, we find this space 
open for our thoughts to inspire.
Margaret Simon © 2020 all rights reserved

stacks of books, rivers
of words beckon adventure
through the new year
Kay McGriff© 2020 all rights reserved

Crackle, fizz, flash, bang!
Bold dreams bursting from the sky
New hope springing forth.
Kimberly M. Hutmacher © 2020 all rights reserved

little snow angel
with snowballs in mittened hands
devious device
Rebecca Herzog © 2020 all rights reserved

incoming tide brings
words on waves
throughout the decade
Jone Rush MacCulloch © 2020 all rights reserved


Blades slice 
easy 8s
across ice pond

You breathe 

arms tight
flung wide
tight again

Just you 
with your tingly

your deliberate

and a whirl 
of white 
Irene Latham ©  (before) 2020 all rights reserved

Here’s a thank you nonet poem inspired by all of yours!

1-wildlife comes to lake shore drive-detail thanks 1-2020-


I’m wallowed in words washed in on waves,
wrapped in New Year’s inspiring space,
warmed by an “unmittened heart,”
surprised by snow angel’s
“devious device…”
…Bursting new hope,
and new 
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Thanks to Catherine at her blog Reading to the Core for hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup! Catherine’s sharing some nature and portal inspired haiku.

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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14 Responses to Poetry Friday:Winter Poem Swap

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Uh oh! I sent you a card…I hope you got it? If you didn’t let me know. I’ll send another and make sure I have your correct address. Aren’t the postcards fun? I love the exchange. So. MUCH FUN! And, so many wonderful and different ideas.

  2. Sally Murphy says:

    Clever! I like reading and seeing all the postcards you received, but what I’m impressed by is your way to bring them all together in your thank you poem.

  3. rosecappelli says:

    Lovely poems! Thanks for sharing the poem swap idea.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I shared today, too, Michelle. What a wonderful thing to find in our mailboxes! I love your nonet & that beginning: “wallowed in words washed in on waves”!

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    The postcards have been so delightful. I love finding them in my mailbox. And your nonet so beautifully brings them all together. Wow!

  6. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for sharing and writing a Nonet to thank us. Sharing poetry in the snail mail makes going to the mailbox so much fun!

  7. I LOVE your poem, Michelle. These postcards are brightening my cold, dank January.

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, the winter poem exchange is such a wonderful event among poet friends. I like your poem of appreciation and of course, your beautiful illustration. It is a wonderful reminder of the spirit of gratefulness!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    What a wonderful collection of postcards…and a perfect nonet in thanks!

  10. Here’s to more wallowing in words! I’m finishing up my postcards this long weekend. Be on the lookout!

  11. Thank you for sharing this hopeful collection of poetry postcards, Michelle. I love the nonet you created from them. Here’s to “new hope,/adventures,/and new/books!

  12. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I hope to “”wallow in words”this year as well. The postcard swap as been so much fun!

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