Poetry Friday–NaPoWriMo: Mourning Dove


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Mourning Dove & Narcissus, detail, WIP, Michelle Kogan. © 2020, watercolor 

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy National Poetry Month!

I’m sharing a poem, art, and pics of a mourning dove that visited me this week in my backyard garden. Actually a pair visited, for quite a long time… I’m very fortunate and happy to have this garden to retreat to, and to watch in wonder as everything comes up this spring…


Stretch and preen…
Feathers spread fan-like,
drawing all eyes on your
nature beguiled pose.

Spring ground becomes your stage,
your silhouetted form offers
captivating beauty, momentarily,
captured in your Venus like stance.

Thank you mourning dove,
for sharing your hidden beauty
available only for selected few
to gaze upon in awe…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s the pair of mourning doves…


I was looking for a poem to share about another mourning dove and came across JoAnn Balingit’s poem Brandywine Creek Preambles, which I was taken by. While it mentions a dove in the poem, it focuses on the creek, and is written in the voice of the creek. Read the “About this Poem” in the sidebar to find out more on the poem.


By JoAnn Balingit

1. Be it known I was born in deciduous Forest though I appear to come from Sea.

2. In the year of my birth, billion-year-old Rock. Appalachia dapple grey.

3. I looked up at those loaves like a three-year-old met with giant mother’s naked ass. I watered her Toes. I ran and ran.

4. It’s good not to be dead I knew, in my own lap with the mourning dove.

5. Water drinkers hovered around me. Piedmont to fall line, grandparents to parents, coastal plain to marsh, my world of voices and sharp claws.

6. A high song spills from me and quiets never, not for Flood—

7. On summer weekends the city children the city children the city children ride their vinyl creatures down my Shoals.

8. I remember a chorus fell, old growth fell, white village growth, villagers’ low chorus with musket-fire, thunder-fire cloud crack, downpour, the People pouring blood. The Eagle’s white face and tail.

Read the rest of the poem here.


Christie Wyman at her nature filled blog, Wondering and Wandering is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, along with offering a new line for the Progressive Poem–which is reeling in towards its finish… Thanks for hosting Christie!

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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23 Responses to Poetry Friday–NaPoWriMo: Mourning Dove

  1. Sally Murphy says:

    Beautiful birds. I’m glad you find solace in your garden – I’m finding it in visiting with my Poetry Friday friends (as well as in my own garden and beach walks).

  2. lindabaie says:

    Love that you had the visitors and “Spring ground becomes your stage,”. We have the time to watch carefully, don’t we? Thanks for sharing your time with the doves and the lovely art, too, Michelle. The poem by Balingit is so intriguing with the numbers!

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    What beauty, Michelle. I love that mourning dove among the narcissus. At first, Brandywine Creek Preambles seems like a lark…but then, there is deeper meaning. I love it. Thanks for introducing it to me.

  4. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Back yard visitors are so welcome these days! My parents especially love watching the nature documentary that plays outside their dining room window. Thanks so much, Michelle, for sharing your beautiful guests this week in art, poetry, and video.

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely daffodils and mourning dove. We’ve had a couple of pair nearby for the past month–I love to listen to their wings whistle.

  6. Gail Aldous says:

    Your art of the dove preening, the narcissus bending, and your poem is a perfect representation of your video! It was great to see and hear the video that inspired your words and art! I don’t get mourning doves in my backyard or garden. I forgot how I like their chirps, walk, and pink feet. My garden, my backyard, and local woodlands have been my retreat for nature, also. Thank you for giving me a time in your garden!

  7. Your poem casts a new light on these seemingly ordinary backyard visitors. I love the line: “Spring ground becomes your stage” especially when describing a bird who, by its very nature, is known for flight. Your watercolors are always spectacular. 🙂

  8. So sweet! Lovely art and poem that invites us to gaze in “awe.” Love the openness of that last line!

  9. jama says:

    Thanks for sharing about your lovely spring visitors, Michelle. Haven’t seen any mourning doves for quite awhile; we used to have dozens of them join us on our open patio every afternoon when we used to feed the birds at our other house. Beautiful watercolor, too!

  10. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Thank you for sharing the beauty from your garden in your words, photos and paintings. I am n awe of the dove’s beauty, too. And Balingit’s poem gives powerful voice to the creek. Even though this creek was in Delaware, reading it reminded me of the creeks and rivers in North Carolina (where I grew up) that flowed from the Appalachians through the Piedmont and Coastal Plain to the Atlantic

  11. rosecappelli says:

    Love your art as well as the poem! The art and the video enhanced the whole experience. Thank you!

  12. mbhmaine says:

    Beautiful painting and poem, Michelle. I love “nature beguiled pose” and “Spring ground becomes your stage.” Mourning doves are frequent visitors to my feeders. I love the fluttery sound of their departure.

  13. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, yourr illustration is so full of life and nature’s beauty. It is a great introduction to your poem. Like Molly , I do love love “nature beguiled post”.I wish I knew the names of the birds that fly on by. Very early in the morning, I woke to a chorus of bird sounds that were so soothing.

  14. haitiruth says:

    I get these in my yard, too. I often have that feeling too, that I’m one of the “selected few” paying attention! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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