Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap & Zinnias for #INKTOBER

Zinnias and Three Bees, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, ink drawing, for #Inktober.

falls fading garden
bursts zinnia’s
bedazzling blooms

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday, Happy Fall and Happy Inktober!

I’m taking a break from the din of our world to share with you a summer poem swap from Ruth Hersey, and my response poem to Ruth–Many thanks Ruth, xo! Ruth wrote a series of cinquains for me, that she connected by having the last lines rhyme. Sending thanks again to Tabatha Yeatts for offering this lovely diversion each summer!

The ink drawing at the top is in celebration of the first day of #INKTOBER. It’s celebrated all over the world with artists and any one else that would like to participate and create ink drawings over the month. You can find out more about Inktober at Jake Parker’s Blog, he began this event back in 2009.

Sends out postcards
Encourages voters
Urges responsibility,

Butterflies, birds,
Fruit, flowers, animals
(Nature’s colors preserved in paint):

Teaches artists,
Writes and paints and sketches,
Creativity her weekly

Creates freely,
Lives a life of wholeness,
All the lovely things she’s doing

©2020 Ruth Hersey all rights reserved

And a thank you response poem for Ruth…

Dear Ruth
Loves many birds–
Captures images to
Share with poet friends as tasty

Dear Ruth
Teaches children
English, with sprinkles of 
Poems, beauty, love, and earnest

Dear Ruth
Searches inside
Seeking spiritual
Thought-waves and centering on her

Dear Ruth
Offers probing
Poems from, There’s no such
Thing as a God-forsaken town

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Tabatha Yeatts, at her inspiring blog Tabatha Yeatts: the Opposite of Indifference is our Poetry Friday host for this weeks roundup, thanks Tabatha!

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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17 Responses to Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap & Zinnias for #INKTOBER

  1. lindabaie says:

    Clever Ruth & then your response, Michelle! I love your first Inktober, too, & I need to plant some zinnias! Have a great weekend!

  2. Tabatha says:

    It seems like Ruth has invented a new form! Linked cinquains. A circlet of cinquains? You two really “get” each other. Nicely done!

  3. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I love these two poems. What a fun swap and response!

  4. kareneastlund4898 says:

    These are wonderful. I’ll have to try them. Also… the zinnia artwork is fabulous. Some bloom in my garden right now!

  5. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh, I love poets in conversation….and that’s what this is. The final word in each of Ruth’s stanza’s really stand out as character traits. Very nice and compliments to you. Your repetition of Dear Ruth is such a lovely address. The summer poetry swap is always so fun and I love the creativity that comes from it. Hooray for Inktober! I’ll be watching for sketches.

  6. Ruth captured your spirit, Michelle, in her masterly crafted cinquain. I most especially like the lines:
    “Creates freely,
    Lives a life of wholeness,”
    Then your “Dear Ruth” response poem captured HER spirit expertly, as well. I most especially like the lines:
    “Seeking spiritual
    Thought-waves and centering on her
    I love that you shared this poetic exchange and your first sketch for Inktober. 🙂

  7. haitiruth says:

    Thanks, Michelle! This was fun! 😀 Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I love the poetic exchange between you and Ruth. Your inktober poem and drawing are a great pair. I am starting to collect for Abundant Autumn 2020 Gallery so when you are ready send me a couple of your image/drawing poems. Thanks for your creative touches.

  9. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    A beautiful artistic exchange between nature-lovers, teachers, and friends!

  10. maryleehahn says:

    What a fun exchange!

  11. What a lovely and heartfelt exchange. I loved your two similar but slightly different approach, but showing such deep affection!

  12. margaretsmn says:

    What a fun form for acknowledging a person’s specialness. They each capture the other in just the right way.

  13. macrush53 says:

    This was such fun to read. The poetry swaps are the best.

  14. mbhmaine says:

    I’m so glad we were privy to the poetic conversation between you and Ruth. What a fruitful poetry swap! I also love your first Inktober response. My zinnias have been a source of joy this summer and seem to have experienced a burst of energy with fall’s arrival. What an unexpected autumn gift!

  15. laurashovan222 says:

    What a beautiful exchange of poems! You two captured sweet snapshots of the good you both share with others.

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