Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo Climate Endangered Bird

white throuated sparrow - m- kogan4-2-2020

White Throated Sparrow and Moon Flower Vines, climate endangered, WIP,  Michelle Kogan,  © 2020, Watercolor and watercolor pencil

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy National Poetry Month!

 For National Poetry Month, I’m going to be focusing on nature and climate endangered birds, with poems and art. I’m following birds that Audubon has categorized as climate endangered or climate threatened, I’ll post as often as I can. This lovely White Throated Sparrow has found a home in a painting I began last August, nested in my backyard Moon Flower vine. Happy poetry writing to all! 


Climate Endangered

I’m a White-throated sparrow, 
regal gem, feathered friend,   
with yellow brushstrokes
beside each eye.
My dapper crown holds dashing
white or tan stripes, and I’ve 
a fan-shaped white throat. 
Listen… and you’ll hear
my lovely whistling, trilling song,   
as it echoes softly, 
         up and 
          up and 
          and slowly sails away…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s a link from The Cornell Lab where you can hear and view this lovely bird…

Stop by Jama Rattigin’s blog, Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She’s collected  a bevy of Poetry posts you can visit throughout the month celebrating National Poetry  Month! Also visit the Academy of American Poets for another rich selection of Poetry potpourri.

Heidi at her blog my juicy little universe, is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Heidi! She’s offering us lots of inspiration… with a wonderful poem by Billy Collin’s reflecting back in time, and a sheltering poem by Hilda Doolittle, make sure to stop by!

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

Wishing all to be safe and well.




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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17 Responses to Poetry Friday–#NaPoWriMo Climate Endangered Bird

  1. lindabaie says:

    Love that you included “yellow brush strokes” in your descriptive poem, Michelle. Your painting is a delight, like always, and I loved hearing this little sparrow tweet “oh Canada, Canada”. Thanks for a bright spot of a post.

  2. Your lines, Michelle, “up and
    up and
    and slowly sails away…” is exactly how this feathered friend sounds! Love your painting as well. : )

  3. Kay Mcgriff says:

    This is such a lovely poem and painting. I’m pretty sure it’s not the same sparrow, but a Little Brown Bird (LBB) of some sort is entertaining us today by perching on the wreath on the front door and singing at full throttle.

  4. jama says:

    What a pretty bird! I’ve never seen a white throated sparrow in person. Thank you for bringing attention to climate endangered birds this month. Wonderful project!

  5. cweichel says:

    I’ve been going on walks in agricultural areas for the last little while and have marvelled at all the birds I see. I’ve been thinking that I need to get one of those identifying apps and today, reading this, I’m determined to download an identifying app. I wonder what one is best?
    Thanks so much for this. Stay safe.

  6. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    This is such a wonderful project, and I am sure I will learn much! “Yellow brushstrokes and dapper crown” are perfect word choices. Thank you for the link to hear that regal gem’s song.

  7. Linda KulpTrout says:

    Michelle, I love your choice of poetry project! Like others have mentioned “yellow brushstrokes” is a perfect image. Thank you for this. I’ll be following your project! Stay well.

  8. Linda Mitchell says:

    What a lovely, lovely ending! This project is perfect for your painting too.

  9. alwriting says:

    You have exquisitely linked poetry,art and environment in your post, drawing attention to endangered species, thus performing an important task. Thank you Michelle for your various contributions here. Love the words- ‘regal gem, feathered friend.’ Best wishes for your April quest.

  10. Michelle, this is just beautiful. I like your free verse a LOT! And the painting is exquisite–no surprise there. I also felt your “I’ll post as often as I can.” Yep. We are creating as we can. Have fun!

  11. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    This is a wonderful project, Michelle! So glad you’ll be bringing attention to these endangered birds. It will be enchanting to watch them “come alive” in art and poetry. I can hear that trilling song sailing away….

  12. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for making sure we don’t forget the endangered species!

  13. haitiruth says:

    Thank you! What a beautiful song this bird has! I love your painting and poem too. “Yellow brushstrokes” is perfect. I have been doing a lot of pandemic birding, and really enjoying it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. Sally Murphy says:

    Dapper crown indeed. Thank you for bringing him to life in words and art.

  15. I love this idea for a project–I do enjoy birds, and I know some, but I’m sure I will learn a LOT from your focus this month. And of course it’s always a treat to have paintings to go with poems! “my fan-shaped white throat” is sticking with me. What is the climate-endangerment exactly, I wonder?

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