Poetry Friday–New Lunar Moon

Lunar Moon, © 2021, Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Lunar Moon

I looked to Moon for my poem this week, in celebration of having a Lunar Moon… and a bit of life slipped in too… If you spy a good image of her, send it my way, we’ve had only snow and clouds most days and evenings. I’ve also been on a villanelle run of late and used this form for my poem.


Love-filled lunar moon spread over night
New Year– New moon–hopes up high–
Dig deep inside spread some light

Guide us moon, celestial sky with open sight
Help us help each other with we and not just I
Love-filled lunar moon heal through night

Hope near, squelch fear, but keep hindsight tight
Too many lost lives, keep masked, don’t deny
Dig deep inside spread fellowman light

Altruism calls us all to achieve a higher height
Challenge preconceived notions, now’s our time to try
Love-filled lunar moon must care for all at night.

Stubborn ways wither away give up this old fight
Every life, carries weight with dreams deserving to fly
Dig deep inside launch beams of light.

Celestial auras bathe us all out of our fright
Turn our ignorance inside out–begin anew–retry
Love-filled lunar moon spread over world’s night
Dig deep inside spread truth-filled light.

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

By Rumi

A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details

Read the rest of the poem here along with a few other moon poems…

Molly Hogan at her blog Nix the comfort zone is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Molly. She’s sharing some of her gorgeous nature photos, along with her poems.

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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–New Lunar Moon

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    This line, “Help us help each other with we and not just I” is such a great line to cast to the moon.

  2. lindabaie says:

    I spent a lot of time with students one year doing moon-journaling, ending with a couple of moonwalks. It was a magical time for all of us. I love moon poems & books, Michelle, & this is lovely. I enjoyed the message & this ending: “Dig deep inside spread truth-filled light.” I will try to catch a pic for you, though we’re in for a cloudy, snowy weekend this coming one.

  3. jama says:

    Wonderful lunar invocation, Michelle. Second stanza is my favorite :). Thanks for adding Rumi to this post too!

  4. mbhmaine says:

    That second stanza is especially wonderful, Michelle. It reads like a prayer. Thanks for sharing your beautiful moon images in words and painting.

  5. Georgia Chilton says:

    We are besieged by ice, bitter cold and snow. No end in sight.

    I would love ❤️ to go to the Kwan Yin temple.

    Your day sounds wonderful!!


  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Beautiful! Like Linda, this line grabbed me: Help us help each other with we and not just I

  7. janicescully says:

    “Celestial auras bathe us all out of our fright.” Makes me think how viewing space take us away from our daily fears. Nice Villanelle, Michelle.

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Thank you, Michelle, for your potpourri of poetic goodness. This line stood out in your poem, “Help us help each other with we and not just I.” That is a tall order but the we is much more important than the I. Love the Rumi poem also. Thanks for the beautiful Poetry Postcard as well.

  9. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michelle, great villanelle with emotion and beautiful watercolor! Your poem is like a prayer and I love how you personify the moon. All your lines speak to me, but especially these two lines, “Every life, carries weight with dreams deserving to fly/Dig deep inside launch beams of light.” Nice spiritualism in all of the poems you shared. Thank you for your gifts.

  10. haitiruth says:

    I like your moon poem, and Rumi’s. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  11. laurashovan222 says:

    We’ve had gray, snowy weather in Maryland too. I’m imagining Moon bathing on a clear winter night!

  12. bmagee10 says:

    Swoon for the moon and your villanelle, Michelle. 🙂

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