#Poetry Friday–Roundup is Here & Spring


Happy Poetry Friday!

Come on in, the Poetry Friday Roundup is here, leave your poetry links below with Mister Linky. I’ve invited Spring for a brief escape from all the scariness out there… So, kick back and bathe yourself in some lovely poetry goodness for a while…

Let’s begin with a wonderful poetry book that came out in 2019, drumroll please, Michelle Heidenrich Barne’s latest volume of The Best of Today’s Little Ditty 2017 -2018
a poetry anthology gem chock full of inspiring poems and prompts by 57 poets, sharing 96 poems. Taking my hat off to Michelle, for all the wonderful posts and poem challenges she hosted and created on her blog that have found a home in this rich 3rd collection!

I’ve picked out a few Spring poems from the book to share with you.
Let’s start in the garden,


When in the garden
you have dug

and come across
a creature smug
remember this:

It captures bugs!
it slurps up slugs!

Just thank the toad––
no need for hugs.

Diane Mayr  © 2018 all rights reserved.

1- bullfrog from Anhinga,-3-18-2019

Here’s to an enchanting Spring flower,


an idea
sudden, surprising
like red peony shoots
the first color in a spring garden

a draft
leafy, bushy
too much green, but with buds
sweet enough to attract ants

a poem
lopsided, fragrant
overly showy, flamboyant, glorious
cut for a vase or for a grave

Mary Lee Hahn © 2018 all rights reserved.

1a-peony buds 5-14-2019 copy

Watch out it’s mucky out there…


You feel soft and squishy, as her
shoes ooze over with clumps of your midnight mix.
Your earthy sent magnifies as she moves toward you.
Swish––her foot slips and she sloshes down, sliding to the ground
savoring your richness between her wet lips.

Why have you softened so early?
For centering and slowing her, before the rush of summer.

Michelle Kogan © 2017 all rights reserved.

And how about that lovely month of May,


outside my window
distills the wind

cypress arms
open green

clover lawn
of stardust

red canna
reaches for sky
like a helium balloon


                       to branch

on the balance beam
squirrel nibbles
from his tiny hands

outside my window
plays along

Margaret Simon © 2018 all rights reserved.

Spring Buds 3-18-2020

Spring Buds, WIP, ©2020 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

And here’s a bonus Spring poem, outside of the ditty book, for all these lovely buds that are raising our spirits,


Bubbling buds–
Earth’s emeralds,
magical green
pushing, prodding,
finally up…

Fragile beauties
remind us of
life’s preciousness,
of each new day
of each new bud…

Come mother spring
wrap tulip leaves
around our thoughts,
fill hyacinth’s
scents in our hearts…

Lose us in your
crocus splendor,
shower us in
your rain and dew
your childhood’s spring…

Grow our wonder
till under fear,
mix in care, and
feed us seeds of
reflective thought…

Michelle Kogan © 2020 all rights reserved.

Robin’s and sparrow’s songs from my yard…

Here’s a link to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. They are offering daily activities online for all those little and big kids (like me) that love nature! Follow the link to find out what else a frog swallows his food with besides his mouth…

Remember to do something that brings you happiness each day, and keep on washing those hands.

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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38 Responses to #Poetry Friday–Roundup is Here & Spring

  1. jama says:

    Thanks for the bouquet of springtime poems! Such lovely art too. Thanks so much for hosting this week, Michelle!

  2. Love this spring garden from the newest Today’s Little Ditty. It’s fresh air, sunshine & glee.
    Also the museum link ideas are super. Love learning to discern frog sounds, as we do for birds!

  3. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks for hosting this week, Michelle, and for sharing this bouquet of spring poems illustrated with your gorgeous paintings. I loved listening to the audio of “your” birds singing. Such a hopeful sound. Take care!

  4. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for hosting us! What a great collection of spring poems and art! Thanks for including my peony poem!! And that birdsong! What a treat!

  5. Linda Mitchell says:

    Michelle, what a beautiful bouquet you present us with…and that robin song! It is so gorgeous. Thank you for the escape into beauty. And, thank you for hosting the round-up. I do love the command, Come Mother Spring.

  6. lindabaie says:

    Ah, spring is here on your post, and with birds singing, too. That’s hard to believe today at my home! How wonderful to read everyone’s poems and your ‘extra’, too, Michelle. I’m bringing a bit of spring too, with snow! Thank you for hosting!

  7. Tabatha says:

    Thank you for sharing these blooming beautiful poems with us, Michelle! It’s always a treat to revisit the ditty anthologies. Thanks also for hosting! xo

  8. laurashovan222 says:

    Based on Diane’s poem and your art, I have nicknamed today’s post, “Blog with a Frog”! Thanks for hosting, Michelle.

  9. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Well, m’dear, you certainly managed to bring ME happiness today… and tomorrow too, since I only discovered this happy surprise after 11 pm on Thursday. Thank you so much for featuring your beautiful ode today, plus your reflective “Mother Earth” (love those magical Earth’s emeralds!) and the wonderful poems from Diane, Mary Lee, and Margaret as well. Mwah! xo

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, thank you for hosting Poetry Friday with such springtime flair.
    Fragile beauties
    remind us of
    life’s preciousness…
    My post is scheduled to appear as the first day of spring opens.

  11. katswhiskers says:

    Silly me. I posted – then forgot to come across and link in. 🙂 Here I am now, grateful for hope and joy that your fresh spring poetry collection inspires. Take care and continue to spread happiness.

  12. So much spring goodness here, Michelle. Thank you for hosting. I especially love that you featured Diane’s Advice poem – toads are often times misunderstood. =)

  13. Thank you for this beautiful, hopeful post. I want to go out and look for your lovely paintings alive in my yard! The neighbors’ pond is full of peepers…and my peonies are peeking up. The world has hope, and we need it now. Thank you for hosting. Be well. xxxx

  14. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Thank you, Michelle, for the breath of fresh spring air you offer through these poems and art. All of them are gorgeous and remind me that life does go on and so does beauty. Thanks for hosting today!

  15. Love all of these! Great way to get in the mood and try to be positive. Welcome, spring!

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  19. I. So. Needed. This.! Thank you, Michelle, for these sparkling poems and your uplifting art, too. (Somehow I missed Mary Lee’s peony poem, but it is gorgeous, and the last line stopped me in my tracks.) A really perfect post for all of us today; so many gems. Thanks for offering, and thanks for hosting! (& gratitude to MHB for the inspiring anthologies!)

  20. Joyce Ray says:

    Thank you for this spring bouquet of poems, especially Mother Spring. I Iove this stanza:
    Come mother spring
    wrap tulip leaves
    around our thoughts,
    fill hyacinth’s
    scents in our hearts…

    Your beautiful art makes the whole post lovely, and your birdsong calls me to step outside to hear what’s in my yard. Thanks for the link to the nature museum, which I sent to my daughter, home teaching a 4 year-old.

  21. Thank you for hosting and for sharing lovely springtime poems to brighten our day, Michelle.

  22. Liz Steinglass says:

    Thank you for hosting and for this celebration of spring!

  23. Great job hosting with some positive spring poems. Thanks so much!

  24. Toads, peonies, and squishy soil–thanks for the spring delights! (And for hosting!)

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  26. Susan Bruck says:

    Thank you for sharing the lovely spring ditties. So much fresh and beautiful imagery. I saw the first crocuses this week, then it snowed for the past couple of days. But I’m definitely ready for spring.I especially enjoyed your last poem–it does remind me of life’s preciousness. And as always, your paintings are lovely.
    Thanks for hosting, too. I hope all is well with you and yours.

  27. What a truly great selection of springiness, Michelle! I do love your midnight mix of spring soil, just falling down into it for a fresh reminder that to dust we shall return. Thanks for hosting and for this respite from challenge!

  28. Gail Aldous says:

    Wow, Michelle, such beautiful imagery in all of the poems! Definitely what I needed as I look out my window at big snowflakes falling. I especially love your poem Mother Spring. Your build up of alliteration, images, rhyme, rhythm have “wrapped around” my “thoughts” and make me look forward to “life’s preciousness, of each new day/ of each new bud. Thank you for sharing.

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