Poetry Friday—Sky Pleasures

© Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

Earlier this week I read i love you to the moon &, by Chen Chen, and it flew me away to another place…

i love you to the moon &
by Chen Chen

not back, let’s not come back, let’s go by the speed of  
queer zest & stay up  
there & get ourselves a little  
moon cottage (so pretty), then start a moon garden  

with lots of moon veggies (so healthy), i mean  
i was already moonlighting  
as an online moonologist  
most weekends, so this is the immensely  

Read the rest of the poem here.

Chen Chen’s poem inspired my poem…

© Michelle Kogan

sky brings allurement

everyday
but

some days she offers
break-away-out-of-mind

escape waiting for us
to climb in

unfold our stifled wings
and swim in her

weightless other worldly
playground of

joy and seductive unknowns.

Will you embrace
her overture

even for a moment
of your urgent

whatever—
Indulge yourself in her

body of pleasure
open and free of what-have-you

endeavor—
Become breathless for

a twinkle or two,

inspired by sky gazing
inside-out splendor…  

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Three Sailboats and Wildflowers, © 2012 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Find it in my Etsy shop as an archival print, bookmark, and sketchbook.

Margaret Simon at her blog Reflections on the Teche is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting! Margaret is sharing two poems from two different poem challenges, and a lovely magazine collage she created, be sure to stop by!

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—Sky Pleasures

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    What a cool inspired poem. I like at the “er” words that I hear as I read it. I don’t usually go for love poems…but these are both beautiful.

  2. margaretsmn says:

    I love getting the poem-a-day. You and Mary Lee both used a daily poem for a mentor text. Your sky poem. Love the use of enjambment in “playground of joy”. “Inside out splendor” inspired!

  3. Jone MacCulloch says:

    You sky poem reminds me to go and sit and gaze at the sky. I love the poem by Chen Chen as well.

  4. lindabaie says:

    I read that poem, too, Michelle and love your response and the painting is awesome. I am ‘in’ with “Indulge yourself in her/body of pleasure”. Serendipity! I wrote a sky poem, too!

  5. Sally Murphy says:

    ‘breathless for a twinkle or two’ – indeed I was when I read both poems. Wonderful!

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Sky gazing inspired you this week, Michelle. I love your photographs that made me escape inside them. These words resonated with me: escape waiting for us/to climb in/unfold our stifled wings/
    and swim in her. The words are as magical as your illustration. You are letting me dream away tonight.

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Beautiful photos and a lovely poem … I like how you used hyphens to create new “words” – the hyphens pulled me along and created momentum as I read the poem. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Denise Krebs says:

    Oh, I am feeling allured by your sky.
    I want to “unfold our stifled wings
    and swim in her
    weightless other worldly
    playground of
    joy and seductive unknowns.”

    That is so beautiful, Michelle.

  9. jama says:

    You and Linda B are on the same page with your sky gazing this week. Thanks for introducing me to Chen Chen — fine poem. And there are so many wonderful lines in yours. Esp. love:
    “endeavor—
    Become breathless for
    a twinkle or two,
    inspired by sky gazing
    inside-out splendor… ”

    Lovely watercolor too. Thanks for all!

  10. janicescully says:

    Another stellar post! I guess that’s a pun given the video you shared. I loved the freedom in Chen’s work and in your poem that follows it. Wonderful.

  11. rosecappelli says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! Loved “Become breathless for a twinkle or two, inspired by sky gazing
    inside-out splendor…”

  12. maryleehahn says:

    Like Margaret said, I’m loving the fact that we both riffed off a poem-a-day poem this week! FUN! Yours makes a lovely companion poem to i love you to the moon &. Next up, a poem about the stars!

  13. Beautiful poem! I love how you drew inspiration and showed us that something that is both every day can also be magical. Like poetry writing.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. haitiruth says:

    I love what you’ve done with your mentor poem!
    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  15. bmagee10 says:

    Doing anything for “a twinkle or two”, sounds like a good time, Michelle! Thanks for the introduction to Chen Chen’s poem. 🙂

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