Poetry Friday–Poem Swap

Summer Poetry Swap 2020 (3)-1

Happy Poetry Friday!

Today I’m celebrating summer with my Summer 2020 Poem Swap sent to me by Rebecca Herzog. I was delighted to receive this lovely, feel good poem and watercolor celebrating summer and sparkles–this helped me to remember it’s summer and a time to celebrate the season–Many thanks Becky! And many thanks also to Tabatha Yeatts who began Summer Poem Swap and continues to organize us each year!

Laura Purdie Salas is our Poetry Friday Host at her blog Writing the World for Kids, thanks for rounding us up Laura! Laura has a brand new book out just in time for school, Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten, be sure to check it out, and drop by her blog for many more poems… 


1-Rebecca's Sparkles-8-6-20 copy

Watercolor by Rebecca Herzog, © 2020

Rebecca's Sparkles-poem-8-6-20


Here’s a response poem or maybe a continuation of  Rebecca’s poem, and WIP sketch:

1c-lilac lily's-7 fairy-8-6-20 copy

Sparkle Dreams and Fairy, WIP, ©2020 Michelle Kogan, pencil sketch.


Around lilac lily’s 
ruby jeweled stems

Small shrills of glee 
come rushing out

From fairies flying  
through flowered ground

Spreading sparkle dreams 
through sultry morns…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

And some summer Star music…


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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28 Responses to Poetry Friday–Poem Swap

  1. lindabaie says:

    Ah, I love Rebecca’s “In case of sparkle/grab a jar” and your follow-up, Michelle, “spreading sparkle dreams”- a great pairing & with the gorgeous art, too. Happy August, may it bring us all some goodness! Thx for the song, too, new to me.

  2. katswhiskers says:

    How clever Becky was, not just with her sparkling poem, but her pinky-purple tones, too, which always make me think of you. (And then you responded in same.) A sweet duo of poems and art. Thank-you for sharing. And do find your summer sparkles!


    Oh, how lovely. I’m really enjoying poetry conversations these days….and now water color conversations too. Fireflies are definitely part of the magic of summer. And, it’s nice to have a friend ask you to come out and celebrate summer! Thank goodness for our poetry friends.

  4. janicescully says:

    I love Becky opening line. We have to be ready to find what’s beautiful out there. The fairy in your painting is so sweet with her curiosity and curly hair in flight. Thanks for sharing the video. I’ve heard that song before.She’s lovely.

  5. Thanks for letting us eavesdrop on Becky and your ‘sparkling’ poetic conversation, Michelle. You both are amazing artist to boot! 🙂

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love both of these sparkling poems. I love watching the fireflies dance through the darkness and will now pair them with fairies on those sultry mornings. (But I am enjoying the refreshing cool mornings this week.)

  7. Tabatha says:

    “Peals of joy” is a lovely description, and Becky’s painting is enchanting!
    I’m glad the fairies are making the sultry morns magical! The other morning, I saw a bright flower on the wall near my plants. The sunrise was coming through the window above the front door and making a pattern on the wall. It was gone before long. A rare treat 🙂

  8. Gail Aldous says:

    Beautiful imagery, art, playfulness, and happiness with both poems! I love how inviting “grab a jar” is in Rebecca’s poem. It brings back many happy memories. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of fireflies anymore. I also love “while drops of glitter/ dance in the night. Michelle, the poems flow beautifully as one poem. I love your continuation of “sparkle” and your addition of alliteration and “fairies.” I also love how your fairies are “spreading sparkle dreams through sultry morns.”

  9. haitiruth says:

    Great swap! Thanks for sharing it! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  10. mbhmaine says:

    You two are perfect swap partners and I love the poem/art combos. Becky’s opening lines are the perfect invitation to notice all sparkly things and your poem adds on another layer with the idea of sharing them. Great post!

  11. You guys made sparkly magic together! Beautiful!

  12. Michelle, the sharing of poetry is a wondrous thing to behold! Both Rebecca’s poem and your response are a fitting duo of vibrant verse.The art work sparkles too.

  13. maryleehahn says:

    I love Rebecca’s “drops of glitter/Dance in the night” and your sparkly response! The beauty of our world is simply gobsmacking.

  14. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I love your response poem, Michelle! It really could just be a continuation. So glad you enjoyed my swap 🙂

  15. The first two lines of your response poem are precious! I can just envision a fairie or child shrieking with happiness! The WIP is fantastic, too! I love the acronym WIP – my son is an artist and it took me some getting used to but now I love to see a WIP!

  16. cvarsalona says:

    Now that I have power back after the tropical storm, I am excited to connect with PF friends. Becky’s swap and your sparkly response were such a welcomed sight for me today. Positivity, joy, and creativity flow from both, Michelle. I look forward to your finished project.

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