Poetry Friday–Dizain Poem & Environmental Callings

Cortorra Volando and Flowers-endangered species, Michelle Kogan, © 2016, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Prints available in my Etsy Shop.

Happy Poetry Friday

I’ve taken up the Poetry Sisters March challenge of writing a dizain poem for closing out the month of March. Look for more dizain poems with the hashtag #PoetryPals.


Spring springs discombobulating senses.
Teasing with her summer-like advances.
Boomerangs back to winter’s offenses.
Snowflakes dusting down on grass and branches.
Wicked-whipping-winds slow spring expanses.
Robin’s chirrup draws away my doldrums,
her mirth inspires a passel of poems:
An ode to pass through patches in-between,
dizain to rain swooshing out hum-drum-glums,
and abecedarian garden’s green!

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

I came across a new environmental book by Kathleen Dean Moore called EARTH’S WILD MUSIC Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World. Along with the book a series of videos have been produced with readings by poets and music by different musicians. I’ve included Albatross below read by Jane Hirshfield and music by Rachelle McCabe (piano). Here’s a link for more info on the book and accompanying videos.

Sending out more heartfelt thoughts for all those taken by the shooting this week in Boulder Colorado.

Susan Bruck at her blog Soul Blossom Living is our host for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, be sure to stop by for more poetry offerings. Susan’s featuring descriptions and links from poets for April’s National Poetry Month. Thanks for hosting Susan, and sharing all these enticing links!

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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7 Responses to Poetry Friday–Dizain Poem & Environmental Callings

  1. lindabaie says:

    Thanks for your heartfelt thoughts, Michelle. It’s been still another tragic week, hasn’t it? Your dizain is quite amazing, yes, “teasing with her summer-like advances.” indeed! We have snow coming tonight, then warm again. And the video is awesome. Thank you. I am still waiting for those red-wing calls, not here yet.

  2. jama says:

    Lovely post full of spring goodness. Your watercolor is gorgeous and I enjoyed the dizain (new form for me). The line “Wicked-whipping-winds slow spring expanses” especially resonates — the winds are wild in our neck of the woods today. And thanks for the heads up about Earth’s Wild Music. The video was beautiful and calming.

  3. janicescully says:

    Spring is teasing us with her advances in Central New York. You did a fine job with your disdain capturing the push and pull of the seasons. Thanks for introducing me to the Dizail. Also, McCabe’s piano music is stunning!

  4. tee+d says:

    Gorgeous video and I love how your dizain is like a dance – step forward, two steps back, and all a tease, flirting back and forth while the world giggles its mirth.

  5. haitiruth says:

    I love your dizain with its clever rhymes, and Jane Hirshfield’s poem is heartbreaking!
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  6. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love your dizain–it’s dizzy with delightful spring madness!

  7. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Happy Spring, Michelle! We’re already having hints of summer and I’m. Not. Ready. Yet! The local chirruping is welcome, however. As is your lovely springtime palette!

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