Poetry Friday: Mother’s Day

1-Geraniums and big Bee Mother's Day front-5-5-2020

Geraniums and Big Bee, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor. Available as a card in my Etsy Shop.

gently wave yellow sunshine 
big bee buzzes by… 
© 2020 Michelle Kogan


Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m celebrating Mother’s Day!



Mom’s presence never stops 
Juggling 100 different tasks
Juggling 100 different tasks 
Mom’s presence never stops…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I was looking for another Mother’s Day poem to share and came up this piece of writing by poet Annie Finch for her mother, poet Margaret Rockwell Finch. The writing piece is called: Happy Mother’s Day, to Foremothers, Poet-Moms, and Maggie. Follow the link for the whole read, and a poem by her mom Maggie at the end.  Here’s the beginning:

Happy Mother’s Day, to Foremothers, Poet-Moms, and Maggie
by Annie Finch

“Today I went to visit my mother, Margaret Rockwell Finch, who turned 88 a few weeks ago.  As always lately, she showed me a new poem.  Maggie was my first model of a  working poet, entering and once winning the contests of the Poetry Society of America, whose meetings she brought me to as a teenager; typing drafts and final copies (with carbon copies!) on her portable typewriter; keeping green metal fileboxes recording submissions to magazines and contests.”

Read the rest of the piece here.

And…some music by the composer Fanny Mendelssohn(1805 -1847)

My friend and poet Michelle Heidenrich Barnes is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup at her ever-runneth-over poetry blog, Today’s Little Ditty, thanks for hosting Michelle! Stop by to fill yourself up with poetry goodness…

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


Happy Mother’s Day, to Mom’s everywhere!



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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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: Mother’s Day

  1. Tabatha says:

    Thank you for this wonderful Mother’s Day post and its gently waving sunshine. I love that Annie Finch poem and her sassy mom.

  2. Oh Mom’s presence… what a great list of the many hats a mom wears. Thank you! Thanks for the Fanny, too, whom I adore! xo

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    My favorites are the waving sunshine and that “Cleaner-upper” appears more than once in your list poem. Ha! So true. And, Annie Finch’s writing…wow…what wisdom in Maggie and in Annie for capturing this part of her mother. Thank you so much for sharing that piece. I’m a working mother…your list of things and a poet. And, I’ve never put poet at the top of the list. This piece gave me some beautiful perspective.

  4. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Michelle! I love your list poem—and all of it TRUE! I’m thinking I may have to go pick up a pot of sunshine for my mom this weekend. 🙂

  5. lindabaie says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Michelle. Thank you for all this goodness. Your art & poem lights up my world today. I love the “Put-back-togetherer”! And that ‘extra’ from Annie Finch!

  6. jama says:

    Beautiful watercolor and spot-on list poem. Enjoyed Annie Finch’s piece and the classic music. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

  7. maryleehahn says:

    What an abundance of Mother’s Day goodies! Happy Mother’s Day to YOU!

  8. Joyce Ray says:

    I love Annie Finch’s tribute to her mother, and Margaret Finch’s poem is just elegant. I also love your Mother’s Day card and haiku and your skinny poem listing all the job descriptions of a mother. I think you exhausted the list! Happy Mother’s Day, Michelle!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, from the opening drawing to the musical interlude, I loved your post and am so glad I opened it on Mother’s Day. Many bright wishes I send to you today, Michelle.

  10. Sally Murphy says:

    Your posts are always filled with interesting tidbits. i especially enjoyed your list poem. SO very true!

  11. katswhiskers says:

    Oh, mothers! So many hats they juggle. (Mother of strings players here, for many years – though sadly that seemed to end with school.) Love your cheering yellow sunshine poem and pic, too.

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