Poetry Friday–Naani’s, blueness, & Halloween…

Happy Poetry Friday!

Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue

Oh ya, this week some of us on Poetry Friday blogs are also celebrating the Naani poem form, called to my attention by the writer and poet Tanita S. Davis at her blog {fiction instead of lies} thanks Tanita!

Zinnia with Blue and Orange, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, watercolor, pen and ink

zinnias come on in,
spread your warm petals of truth
far and wide, and turn some
cold hearts true and blue
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

humans, follow nature’s path…
let seasons lilt along and
draw your wisdom from
falls altruism…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

covid’s crept higher
democracy’s sunk lower,
as November polls roll in…
roll in your vote, make change
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

And I just read this poem from my inbox at poets.org, Academy of American Poets, and loved it… Sharing it all, as it’s in the public domain.

OCTOBER
Evalyn Callahan Shaw

October is the month that seems
All woven with midsummer dreams;
She brings for us the golden days
That fill the air with smoky haze,
She brings for us the lisping breeze
And wakes the gossips in the trees,
Who whisper near the vacant nest
Forsaken by its feathered guest.
Now half the birds forget to sing,
And half of them have taken wing,
Before their pathway shall be lost
Beneath the gossamer of frost.
Zigzag across the yellow sky,
They rustle here and flutter there,
Until the boughs hang chill and bare,
What joy for us—what happiness
Shall cheer the day the night shall bless?
‘Tis hallowe’en, the very last
Shall keep for us remembrance fast,
When every child shall duck the head
To find the precious pippin red.

In the midsts of all the bedlam of politics and covid-19 I’ve been filling my
body and soul with some soothing music, to keep me adrift…

and here’s some more…

Linda Baie at her blog Teacher Dance is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday roundup, thanks Linda! Linda’s offering some Halloween Goodness for kids of all ages, be sure to stop by her blog.

Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue Vote Blue

Ring in Halloween Blue style with my card: Ghouly Ghost Rainbow Vote, available in my Etsy shop.
Watch out for these ghouly ghosts on Halloween, or snag a card this year or next we always need more blue out there… Ghouly Ghosts Vote, available in my Etsy Shop.

Happy Halloween, and watch out for those ghouls…

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 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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14 Responses to Poetry Friday–Naani’s, blueness, & Halloween…

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I love your Blue Vote art and must thank you for sending them to me for my Abundant Autumn Gallery. They will certainly make a statement. Your naani poem is a good example with the vivid colors of autumn and a true blue message. It adheres to the format with a beauty of its own. I have been thinking of trying the format so your poem is a good example. Many thanks.

  2. I love all of your poetic offerings, Michelle. Thanks for your spot on poetic call to action in your third naani: “roll in your vote, make change” – YES! It’s going to be a blue Tuesday! Sending you my best. 🙂

  3. lindabaie says:

    I’ve loved your “VOTE” art, Michelle, especially those ghosties, wishing they would swirl around some of those rallies by you know who! Your “turn some /cold hearts true and blue” from beautiful zinnias is sure to turn some heads, and votes! Wishing it ALL weren’t so, but I’m counting on so many of us to make change! Crossing fingers, toes & whatever is needed! The October poem is lovely, a favorite month!

  4. jama says:

    Thanks for all the goodness here today, Michelle. Love your blue vote art, the lovely zinnia watercolor and of course, your poems (and Shaw’s). And thanks, too, for the music! I’m a big Jobim fan so really enjoyed that one (talk about smooth and mellow). Also enjoy Norah Jones’s music so it was nice to hear that one too. Here’s to a BLUE LANDSLIDE!

  5. tee+d says:

    Oy, yes, covid rates climb, democracy tanks – but we’re all here to do what we can. Thanks for your poem and your glorious combination of music and artwork. Spirits are rising!

  6. Amen to turning cold hearts true and blue!

  7. Linda Mitchell says:

    Hooray for vote BLUE! I have done. Now to find some zinnias to spread truth and warmth. What a lovely post. See you Tuesday on the internets

  8. Thanks for spreading the BLUE love, Michelle – enjoyed all this poetry, and the lovely music, and your enchanting ghouly ghosts! Happy Halloween!

  9. haitiruth says:

    As always, lovely and packed with creativity and meaning!
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  10. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for your art, your Naanis, and the delightful October poem!

  11. janicescully says:

    Your post made my day your October poem and Nora Jones and Jobim. Awesome!

  12. I’m so nervous for the election. Trying not to doomscroll, but hard not to worry. I adore your zinnia poem and the art, too! I’m not a huge fan of the color orange, but since it’s so beautifully balanced with the blue, it just feels so peaceful here…

  13. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Love your zinnias watercolor and poem, Michelle! The Shaw poem and music videos were also comforting.

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