Poetry Friday-Winter Poem Swap

Happy Poetry Friday

I’m sharing a Winter Poem Swap gift and poem, from the collage artist extraordinaire Linda Mitchell. Linda has grown a garden for me chock full of words and nested in a collaged seed packet; a collaged bookmark–complete with water, brushes, and paints; and a sparkle-filled holiday card. Many thanks Linda, I love your poem and gifts, and have had a trowel-filled fun time with all!!!

I’m sending a thank you out to Tabatha Yeatts for organizing another wonderful winter poem swap–what creative treasures come through the mail!

Here’s Linda’s poem…

My found poem grown magically from the special seed packet…

And the reverse side of the bookmark…

And how about a little planet music in honor of Jupiter and Saturn’s 800 year conjunction… I’m still trying to catch sight of it with my own eyes, hoping for Chicago’s clouds to move away soon…

Make sure to pop on over to Irene Latham’s blog Live Your Poem, she’s ringing in the Poetry Friday Roundup with a lovely poem called HOW TO MAKE MERRY.

Happy Planet sighting, Merry Christmas, and lots of Holiday Cheer!

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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15 Responses to Poetry Friday-Winter Poem Swap

  1. Mitchell Linda says:

    Oh, I love the words you’ve put together already! Secrets to cartwheeling care to spice world. Wonderful. I add my thanks to Tabatha for hosting this swap. I love seeing the creativity in each swap. Now, let’s go running into this new year. I’m holding your hand. Ready? Steady? Gooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  2. bjleepoet says:

    natural green spice world wow! Love the poem and collage – gorgeous!

  3. Linda’s gift to you is such a gift to us, Michelle. Thank you for sharing your bounty – “seeing secrets glitter and glow”. Lovely. Sending all of my best to you and yours. 🙂

  4. lindabaie says:

    Bj took my favorite line, too, loving that “natural green spice world” and Linda’s gift will keep on growing, won’t it? Seeds are gift that surprise sometimes and I love that, too. Merry Christmas, Michelle. May our 2021 get better and better!

  5. haitiruth says:

    So many treasures! Thank you for this and the whole year! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  6. tee+d says:

    Ah, the planet music is lovely, and what a fun poetry swap! I like your collage. Have a peaceful winter’s day.❄️

  7. mbhmaine says:

    What a wonderful gift! I love what you’ve done with your seeds and I love that you can recreate your garden of words whenever it strikes your fancy to do so. Happy gardening!

  8. Liz Steinglass says:

    What a lovely gift! The poem goes perfectly with the seeds!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    I hope you got to see the planets. We were a day late and they were already a bit apart, but it was still thrilling to know they had been in alignment. That is the way with the world, isn’t it? We catch amazing, but fleeting glimpses of the majesty and must do our best to capture the moments of wonder in words or art. (Or both, in your case!)

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I tried to find the Star of Bethlehem when Saturn and Jupiter met. Even if what I saw was not the Star of Bethlehem, it was a fun adventure. Thanks for the music, It was like being in a Star Wars environment. I love what Linda sent you and what you discovered with her seeds. May 2021 grow with excitement this year.

  11. Susan Bruck says:

    What a wonderful gift to receive in the mail–I feel inspired by it. Thanks for sharing it. I did see Saturn and Jupiter, but when I saw them, they were close but still separate (a few inches to my eye, but many thousands of miles must really separate them!) It’s definitely easier to see what’s happening in the night sky here compared to Chicago. Happy holidays!

  12. Tabatha says:

    “Exploring” and “Cartwheeling” are such wonderful verbs. Love all the spice in your world and the generosity from Linda. You two are filled with creativity! Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  13. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    I love looking at these seed posts — so evocative and fun!

  14. margaretsmn says:

    I am privileged to be a critique partner of Linda’s, so I saw her poem for you before you did. So much to dream about in her poem seeds. I love the unique words you’ve picked out here for your own Secrets of Exploring. The poem swap feeds and nourishes our creative and hopeful selves. Many thanks to Tabatha!

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