Poetry Friday–Rosh Hashanah Card & Twister Poems

1- Harvest Rosh Hashanah front 8-13-20

Happy Poetry Friday!

Well I don’t know about you, but I don’t really know where the summer escaped too… I’m never really ready to let go of summer, even though I love fall. Summer feels fanciful, whimsical, and magical to me–as if a fairy came and sprinkled fairy dust around me. Perhaps it’s from spending so much time in my garden, but here we are almost heading our way into fall…

So with fall beckoning us on I’ve a new Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Years Card in my Etsy Shopjust in time for any last minute shopper. And there’s also a haiku poem on the back:

harvest sweet wholeness  
for rosh hashanah, sprinkle,  
it through your year…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I don’t think my head is totally back on from the tornado that went through my Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park, hurling through only a block away…I shared one poem that came to me that night as we sat by candle light,

candlelight tornado night 8-13-20

power still out
we sit by candlelight,
crickets and stars…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s another from that evening,

1- aurora borealis haiku 8-13-20

mystery visit– 
aurora borealis 
treasures await…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan



 and here’s one more, an etheree, from that unworldly occurrence…


Mister odd- 
ly colored sky, 
Whirl-winding funnel 
Capturing all in your 
Swirling deafening tunnel, 
Uprooting carbon helping trees, 
Electrical connections, leaving 
Thousands scurrying your destructive path…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

p.s. hope we don’t see you for a while…


Molly Hogan a sensitive photographer, poet, and teacher is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup at her blog Nix the comfort zone, thanks for hosting Molly! She has an incredible post this week featuring a new to me monotetra poem and a gorgeous poem swap poem by Tabatha Yeatts inspired by one of Molly’s photos–be sure to stop by.

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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–Rosh Hashanah Card & Twister Poems

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, where has the summer gone? Now, you share a beautiful Rosh Hashanah card. The artwork pairs beautifully with your line: harvest sweet wholeness. I see that you also got the brunt of the storm. I am glad that in the darkness you made use of your time to pen your poems. Those will be mementos of the storm.

  2. mbhmaine says:

    Michelle, summer does seem to be fleeing quickly. I, too, love fall but am mourning its imminent arrival. I’m sure my feelings are intensified by our unnerving and unsettling school situations. Somehow I missed the news about your tornado. How scary, but how wonderful that from worry you created poetry. Your etheree with all those “ing” words really captures a sense of vigorous movement.Great post!

  3. janicescully says:

    How terrifying to have a twister so close, but you put it to good use in your poems and photos. I loved your being left with candlelight, crickets and stars.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I’m not sure I’m ready for fall, though I wouldn’t mind temps less than 90, Michelle. Your Rosh Hashanah card is so beautiful! And, I am glad you weren’t in that tornado’s path. What a terrible week of weather for many last week. I like that ‘mystery visit’ pic & haiku, guessing we’ve all been there with candles & flashlights at some time experiencing the eerie light.

  5. O gosh dear Michelle! I am so sorry you had to sit through this. I am hopeful your next days & nights are soothing & sweet. Your poetry from this event is hearlfelt & searing. And how you found beauty in that flashlight shadow ~ aurora borealis!! So brilliant. xo be more & continued safe.

  6. I love your Rosh Hashanah haiku–and your artwork is beautiful too! The idea of sprinkling the sweetness goes with those great pomegranate seeds. Wow, about your storm in that etheree. Using the PS after made me laugh aloud. And I hope that wish comes true.


    oooooh! I love how you formated your etheree. That’s cool. And, your haiku are lovely…nice endings. I too hate to see summer go. As much as I enjoy fall, I feel like the leaves are going away on a trip and leaving me alone. I long for them to come back. Enjoy the new year! I sincerely hope it brings you some sweetness.

  8. margaretsmn says:

    I heard about this terrible midwestern storm. Is it weird for you to have tornadoes? I can’t believe you were able to compose poetry in the stress of it all. That etheree looks like a tornado. So scary. Glad you are safe.

  9. katswhiskers says:

    What a harvest of goodness on your site, Michelle. Loving you fresh fruity artwork, and your sweet wholeness sprinkled through the year. Your poems are all wonderful and wondrous – but I especially like your carefully constructed etheree. So much layering in this! Glad you stayed safe – and could express the stress.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    Yikes! That was too close for comfort!!

    I am not Jewish, but I do love the idea of celebrating the new year in the fall. Your poem and painting capture the season perfectly!

  11. Michelle, I’m so glad you’re safe! I love that twister one and its delicious language. And the idea of sprinkling wholeness throughout your year. Lovely!

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