Poetry Friday–New Year 2021!

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy New Year!!!

Here we are turning a new page, taking a new breath, a new sigh…


New Year
New Word New World
New England New Orleans New York New Delhi New Guinea New Zealand
New Moon New Stars New Sun New Clouds New Rain New Snow New Universe
New Thoughts New Dreams New Longing New Goals New Plans New Adventures
New Notebook New Sketchbook New Pencils New Students New Teachers New School
New Love New Freedom New Compassion New Openness New Justice New Slate
New Ideas New Writing New Books New Stories New Poems New Innovations
New Art New Music New Songs New Dance New Theatre New Performances
New Prayers New Help New Care New Vaccine New Recovery New Methods
New Nature New Garden New Seeds New Buds New Growth
New Life New Breath New Babies New Children New Animals
New President New Congress New Senate New Work
New Reaching New Vulnerability
New Hard New Perseverance
New Reflection New Meditation
New Metaphors New Prompts
New Challenge New Energy
New Concerns New Actions
New Verbs New Nouns
New Hurts New Hopes
New Trials New Focus
New Old New Young
New Fears New Joy
New Me New You
New Happy
New Year

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Meander over to Ruth Hersey’s blog There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town, for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. Ruth’s serving up some delicious poems and offering some yummy pumpkin soup, thanks for hosting Ruth!

Wishing our small world
Health, Hope, Happiness, and
buckets of Compassion
to grow with…

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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12 Responses to Poetry Friday–New Year 2021!

  1. I can smell the azalea’s breath from here, Michelle – gorgeous poem/painting! Your ‘New Year’ poem covers a lot of new ground, but I think I like the line: “New Ideas New Writing New Books New Stories New Poems New Innovations” best. Happy New Year with “buckets of Compassion” on top! 🙂

  2. Mitchell Linda says:

    What lovely, LOVELY azalea. They are true joy-bringers. Here’s to NEW! I’m wishing you a successful, safe and healthy start to 2021. I so enjoy your poetic and painterly contributions to the world. I am such a joyful grateful of your art.

  3. haitiruth says:

    I can’t help getting excited by all this newness. It will surely be a better year, right? Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  4. lindabaie says:

    It’s early here on the NEW first day, Michele! I love all this fresh newness, will keep your poem close as the days move along! Wishing you all the new things this year will bring and you so artfully listed!

  5. Look at all that NEW! And I wrote something this morning about an azalea, so I especially loved finding your art here today. Thank you! xo

  6. tee+d says:

    What a lovely image and lovely words along with it. Happy New Year!

  7. Happy NEW Year, Michelle! I love the sense of a dam bursting here, with all the celebration of newness gushing out.

  8. Beautiful! Happy New Year, Michelle, and best wishes for all your new adventures and endeavors. Those azaleas in the painting are exquisite.
    “New Fears New Joy
    New Me New You
    New Happy” –
    Amen to all!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, how wonderful that newness is blooming all over your post. The drawing and poem are a breath of fresh air. Of course, we all love the fresh scent of nature as opposed to worries in the air, Thanks for sharing your joy with us.

  10. Susan Bruck says:

    You azalea painting and poem are just the breath of fresh air I needed today. Thanks! And your New Year poem made me smile. Hoping for some good newness this year!
    It also reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from a Wendell Berry poem–
    And we pray, not
    for new earth or heaven, but to be
    quiet in heart, and in eye,
    clear. What we need is here.

  11. laurashovan222 says:

    2020 certainly was a year of fears and joys, Michelle. I love your azalea illustration and poem. We were surprised last year to find so many varieties and colors of azalea at our new house. Can’t wait to welcome them, and spring, and 2021! I hope there is “new growth” for us all.

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