Poetry Friday–Poetry Mix & Flowers

Sunflowers, coneflowers, hollyhocks WIP-7-20

Hollyhocks, Sunflowers, & Coneflowers, WIP, © 2020 M. Kogan, watercolor & watercolor pencil.

dance in my dreams
and multiply…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

I am thinking about the fall, schools beginning, and people returning to on location jobs. My first thoughts are, we’re not ready. Hence this tanka poem evolved…


of fall, falls on many–
But will those who decide   
anticipate outcomes 
judiciously for all?

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

In a few free moments last night I wrote a poem to the photo prompt Margaret Simon posted Wednesday night, THIS PHOTO WANTS TO BE A POEM… Thanks Margaret! Go check out the other poems written to this gorgeous and mysterious feather prompt at her blog REFLECTIONS ON THE TECHE.      

towards sky–
Proud remnant
and reminder of 
proud peoples 
still fighting 
for indigenous 

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

And a Float haiku for Jan…

float by summer’s 
sherbet sky where justice seas 
see all colors fairly…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Visit our gracious and ever appreciative Poetry Friday hostess this week Jan G Annino at her blog Bookseedstudio. Jan’s offering a lovely “Float” poem for her mom, and she’s invited us all to join in her Float Celebration, thanks Jan!

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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11 Responses to Poetry Friday–Poetry Mix & Flowers

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    soooooooooo pretty! The hollyhocks are just soooooo pretty! Thousands agree with you about returning to our school locations. My school board met from 6 pm last night until 1:41 am this morning. It was a nail biter. But, our first quarter will be all virtual — which I think is the right decision. We need time for teachers to be back, on contract and working on solutions that will get us to 100% return when conditions are safe. I’ll take a scoop of sherbert sky — no sprinkles, please!

  2. Linda KulpTrout says:

    Michelle, your paintings always blow me away. You have such a gift. Oh, that sherbert sky! I love it!

  3. Such relevant verses. I’ve been thinking about all the teachers I know, and ones who I met here and hope that you are able to be safe, and that those in charge do the right thing. My prayers are with teachers. Anticipation/ of fall, falls on many-. Yes it does.

  4. Thank you Michelle for this bouquet! Beautiful painting and poems, and I too have dreams that multiply… xo

  5. I can feel the weight of the “anticipation of fall” in your poem, Michelle. As someone not so wise once said, “Science should not stand in the way” of schools reopening. *sigh* Thanks for sharing your words and art. 🙂

  6. margaretsmn says:

    I like your positioning of fall/falls and seas/see in your poems. I am having serious anxiety over the start of school. No one has asked me, nor seems to care how teachers feel about it at all. Thanks for spotlighting This Photo. It’s a bright spot of my week.

  7. Those hollyhocks! I hope they dance in my dreams, too :>)

  8. Your beautiful painting and first poem remind me of my own post today…something about summer and flowers gets the mind reeling with ideas!

  9. Joyce Ray says:

    I love hollyhocks and your feather poem is awesome. It helps us and others when we read injustice in unexpected places and give voice to it. One step at a time with many other feet can get us where we need to go.

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