Poetry Friday–Prayers

Apples, Bee, and Duck, © 2018 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’ve been thinking about prayers as the Jewish High Holiday, Rosh Hashanah begins Friday at Sundown. I was also thinking about individuals that aren’t able to go outside and take in nature, and what I could offer them through a prayer.


What can I harvest for you–
Something to wet your palette
While hidden within four walls,
Something to awaken curiosity
Stagnated by paltry interaction

I bring you humming bird’s sips
Spreading joy within her hovering movements.

I bring you dahlia’s mid-September glory
Painting her hues in all directions.

I bring you black oak’s jeweled acorns
Waiting patiently for your marveled eyes.

What can I harvest for you–
Something to rekindle your spiritual calling
Left tethered for so long,
Something to stir your love of beauty
Abandoned and barely alive

I bring you prayers of generosity flown from
Mount Sinai on tikkun olam wings.

I bring you abundance of family
Rejoicing in moments of your life.

I bring you rescuers of nature
Securing her for all generations.

Together let’s harvest
love, compassion, and understanding
Wherever you, and they dwell

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Tikkun olam is the Hebrew phrase for “world repair.” It also takes in social justice and social action.

Wishing all that celebrate the Jewish high holidays Shana Tova,
and a year full of peace, well being, and sweetness!

Matt Forrest Esenwine at his blog, Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday roundup, thanks Matt! Matt is sharing a new poetry anthology by the late Lee Bennett Hopkins, NIGHT WISHES, and Lee’s poem Teddy Bear. Matt also has a poem included in the book.

Visit Renée LaTulippe at 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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9 Responses to Poetry Friday–Prayers

  1. Let us harvest these things together, indeed! Lovely poem, Michelle.

  2. Liz Steinglass says:

    Oh, thank you for this gift! Thank you for thinking of us and offering us your gifts and words and gorgeous apples.

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  4. lindabaie says:

    It’s a heartfelt idea to think of harvesting these things, Michelle! Beautiful painting & poem!

  5. Your poem, your painting, your prayers are all harvested abundance. Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your gifts. (I especially love the bee in your painting – being a “B” I have an affinity for these insects 🙂

  6. Linda Mitchell says:

    How beautiful…hummingbird sips and dahlias….really lovely images. What a gift poem.

  7. jama says:

    Love your painting and prayer poem, Michelle. We need affirmation of the joys and beauty of nature, family, community. Thank you!

  8. macrush53 says:

    Shana Tova, Michelle. There is so much to love in this post. More than ever this is what we need:
    Together let’s harvest
    love, compassion, and understanding
    Wherever you, and they dwell
    Thank you.

  9. What beautiful gifts you bring, Michelle!

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