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…
Here’s a response poem or maybe a continuation of Rebecca’s poem, and WIP 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.
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.
Thanks Linda, happy to have you back!
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!
PS I shared your lovely poetry swap on my blog today!
Thanks Kat, sparkles are there, we just have to remember to look and find them!
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.
Yes to poetry’s importance and poetry friends!
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.
Thanks Janice, little bits of wonder and beauty fill me up!
Thanks for letting us eavesdrop on Becky and your ‘sparkling’ poetic conversation, Michelle. You both are amazing artist to boot! 🙂
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.)
Thanks Kay! I’m enjoying the cooler weather temps too, but hoping for some hotter weather for my garden’s veggies.
“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 🙂
Aren’t those playful shadows enchanting, sometimes I capture them for my painting students. And your right they’re fleeting…
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.”
Thanks Gail, it was a joy receiving Becky’s swap, and an invitation to jump into the wonders of summer…
Great swap! Thanks for sharing it! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Thanks Ruth, I’m so glad you are home and getting/feeling better! xo
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!
You guys made sparkly magic together! Beautiful!
Thanks Laura, happy to spread some magic around!
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.
Thanks Alan, I enjoyed this surprise collaboration—Becky’s poem offers so much summer delight!
I love Rebecca’s “drops of glitter/Dance in the night” and your sparkly response! The beauty of our world is simply gobsmacking.
I love your response poem, Michelle! It really could just be a continuation. So glad you enjoyed my swap 🙂
Thanks Becky, I was happy you pulled me into the joy summer brings us!
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!
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.