Poetry Friday Birth Day Roundup is Here!

Western Pond Turtles, © 2018 Michelle Kogan, Pen & Ink & Watercolor. Available in my Etsy Shop as a bookmark.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Welcome! I’m Hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup and decided to Celebrate Birthdays and Birth Days, as my Birthday is coming up this weekend.

Also make sure to checkout the Poetry Sisters Ekphrastic poems for their May poem prompt, they are tagged #poetrypals.

Please leave your link below.

by Ruth Whitman

Tenant of the terrapin,
will you go your way, I mine?

If I do a lumbering waltz,
and bank you like an airplane—

if the sides of your tank 
tip and bank,

hang on. Don’t complain.
If I wake before you do,

Read the rest of her poem here.

I was very taken with Ruth Whitman’s Poem BIRTH DAY, and used her poem as a mentor poem for mine, BIRTH PLANT.

Monarchs on Milkweed, © Michelle Kogan, Watercolor. Available in my Etsy Shop as an Archival Print.


Milkweed home to Monarch
does your path call you, my path me?

Perhaps I’ll swoon and sway before you
and carry you in fondest thought

perhaps your flowerets overflow
with nectar

be patient. Forgive me
perhaps I left in haste

and didn’t tie you up properly
perhaps my care continues while you rest,

your Monarch’s might distract me
though my heart adores your perseverance

your serendipitous appearance
on any midwestern morn

lift your roots and soar like rocket,
enable Monarch’s magical flight,

you conservation queen.  

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Here’s another Birthday poem reflecting momentarily on getting older… I particularly like what the Japanese do for Birthdays when one reaches 60.

Princesses Cupcake, pencil sketches, with Photoshop blue background.
Cupcake Princess, © 2012, Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and photoshop.

by Linda Pastan

How did I get so old,
I wonder,
my 67th birthday.
Dyslexia smiles:
I’m 76 in fact.

There are places
where at 60 they start
counting backwards;
in Japan
they start again
from one.

Read the rest of her poem here.

Some music…

And some cake…

Not yet in my Etsy Shop but let me know and I’ll work on that…
Available in my Etsy Shop as a Birthday Card.
Also not yet in my Etsy Shop but I can change that…

And a quick ekphrastic haiku…

poppiness explodes
all kinds of spring weather
and allures senses

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Poppiness of May, WIP, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

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Wishing all end of May and beginning of June Geminis
Many Happy Birthday Wishes!

Leaving with some special thoughts
for the passing of the wonderful,
and creative Eric Carle.

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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28 Responses to Poetry Friday Birth Day Roundup is Here!

  1. jama says:

    Happy Birthday! What a grand party from beginning to end. LOVE all the watercolors and delightful poems. Wonderful endearing, whimsical tone in “Birth Plant.” I also like the idea of starting from one after reaching 60. 🙂 Pastan’s poem is so true, the way time speeds up the older you get, and the LH video is too cool (enjoyed seeing Joan Baez smile at him adoringly all through). She was so young! Did you know she recently received a Kennedy Center Honor? Saw a pic of her posing with Dr. Fauci. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your special weekend. Eat some cake for me.

  2. Tim Gels says:

    Michelle, Happy Birthday! Thank you for inviting us to a wonderful celebration complete with music, cake, some beautiful decorations, and a selection of wonderful poetry!

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    Happy Birthday, Dear Michelle. What a celebration! Your Birth Plant poem makes me want to write a celebratory birthday poem. Alas, I’m pooped and you’ve done it! You conservation queen…what a great last line. I love the cake slice. It’s a joyful and beautiful post. Thank you so much for hosting!

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  5. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    Happy Birthday, Michelle, and thanks for hosting. Absolutely LOVE the idea of a birth plant, btw!

  6. Happy birthday, Michelle! Love your Monarchs and milkweeds…we have plenty up here, too, although neither have fully arrived yet, so to speak. Enjoy your weekend, you conservation queen, you! 😉

  7. lindabaie says:

    Aw, Happy Birthday, Michelle! My brother’s is tomorrow. I will choose one of these wonderful poems to send to him! I didn’t know about that counting back at 60, sounds good to me! Thank you for hosting, I’d love a piece of cake (long week) & wish you a special lo-ong weekend!

  8. Happy Birthday Michelle. Such a plethora of presents you offer up to us in your post. Cake, cards, colour, words and music all contributing to the party. Love the spark your poem garnered from the Ruth Whitman poem. Butterflies are always a hit with me. Thanks for hosting in such a striking way.

  9. Happy Birthday, Michelle! What a beautiful collection of images and poetry. LOVE those turtles!(And thanks for the nod to the passing of someone who’s work has touched all of us, in multiple, colorful, lasting ways.) I’m busy with a family event myself so I don’t have a post, but thanks so much for rounding up and hosting. Birthday hugs from here!

  10. Tricia Stohr-Hunt says:

    What a lovely post and wonderful celebration. Happy birthday Michelle!

  11. cvarsalona says:

    Happy Birthday, Michelle. Your post is full of spring’s poetry goodness. I love your new cards and all the illustrations you shared. Thanks for hosting.

  12. Denise Krebs says:

    Michelle, thank you for this lovely birthday party. My daughter’s birthday was this week! And you have given all of us so many birthday gifts to open! Like Whitman’s and Pastan’s sweet poems. Your milkweed painting and poem are rich and beautiful. The home-of-the-monarch milkweed is one of my very favorite creations. Banana boats flowing with poetry passion is something I would look for on Etsy! And as always your creative word choice inspires and makes my heart sing–poppiness! It has inspired my Poetry Friday post today.

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  15. mbhmaine says:

    Happy Birthday, Michelle, and thanks for inviting us to share in the celebrating. What a luscious post you’ve created–Poetry, art and cake are a winning combination! I’m also enthralled with the idea of being a cupcake princess. I think it’s my newest, greatest ambition. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your poetry-packed birthday weekend!

  16. Tabatha says:

    Michelle, thanks for hosting such a delicious party! Love your watercolors…I can’t even pick a favorite. Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Irene Latham says:

    Dear Michelle – Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy a real-life slice of that deliciously rendered cake. (My dh bday is June 2 — love me some Gemini!). Thank you for hosting. xo

  18. Karen Edmisten says:

    Happy birthday, Michelle! I love this post from top to bottom and I adore Poppiness of May — gorgeous. I love the idea of a birth plant. I don’t know what mine would be, since I can’t seem to keep plants alive, but fortunately one of my daughters got my husband’s green thumb. She’s always nursing something green and failing back to life. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!

  19. janicescully says:

    Happy Birthday, Michelle! So much wonderful art in this post. The Pastan poem really resonated with me, so sweet, and I think it’s a great idea to count backwards!

  20. I love working with mentor texts…and birthdays, which come to think of it, sometimes feel like mentoring gifts to me….to see others celebrating, and living fully, and sharing….what could be better than that? Thank you so much for hosting.

  21. Donna Smith says:

    Such a festive post! Such poppiness!! Thanks for hosting and creating a fun way to start Friday!

  22. So much spring JOY in this Birthday Weekend post, dear Michelle. I wish you many “poppiness” moments. Fabulous new idea bout a Birth Plant. Your creativity across so many mediums grows. Much nourishment, here in your wonderful hosting. Happy Happy Birthday!

  23. tee+d says:

    Wow, all the artwork is just so lovely and festive today – but those poppies hold my heart. Happy Birthday to someone who always shares so much joy! Many happy returns of the day!

  24. Happy Birthday, Michelle! Thank you for hosting the round-up on this holiday weekend. As usual, your art and poems inspire! My favorite is the Birth Plant poem as Monarchs and Milkweed are part of my yearly summer passion projects! I love the homage you pay to the milkweed plant! Thank you, again!

  25. haitiruth says:

    How wonderful to be able to write ekphrastic poems about your own art! You multi-talented creator, you! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful birthday! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  26. Jone MacCulloch says:

    Happy birthday, Michelle. I love the artwork especially the ‘WIP, the poppies. I also loved this stanza from the Orem about counting backwards:
    But the numbers
    hardly matter.
    It’s the physics
    of acceleration I mind,
    the way time speeds up
    as if it hasn’t guessed

    Enjoy your birthday weekend.

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