Poetry Friday—Potpourri with More Sky…

Happy Poetry Friday!

Continuing on with my fascination with the sky, this week I was inspired by turbulence in our night sky…


Sky canopy jostling
this way and that
can’t decide on it’s
direction or pull,
branches and leaves
galloping willy-nilly
cascading like a wild
Mussorgsky piece
ripping through sky—
Window patches of slightly tinted
pinkish-orange sky peek through,
with each next thrash
sky grows darker and darker
nights ominous crescendo
grows louder and louder,
and even brief
interludes of calm
seem surreal
tinged with
as if something’s
stirring above
and beyond,
to devour
any hint of
clouds clearing—

But wait,
what’s that
between leaves,
like witches
conjuring old spells.
Can you feel it
can you feel it trees
down into your roots
messages tele-rooting
between each other,
bracing for more of
tonight’s torment,
hoping for
and respite from

Michelle Kogan

Yesterday I was taken by Margaret Simon’s prompt for THIS PHOTO WANTS TO BE A POEM. It was an image of Elderflowers from a friend of hers Instagram feed. Stop by to find out more of where this image was taken from and for a peek at it. Thanks Margaret and to your friend too! Since I didn’t have a chance to post the poem I’m sharing it here…

Like windowpane
snow patterns
in June
lovely-lace elderflower
buds and blooms.

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

And… Here’s a new Alstroemeria Anniversary Card in my Etsy Shop, with a haiku on the back…

kiss kindles and grows
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Carol Wilcox at her blog Carol’s Corner is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Carol! Carol’s sharing poetry by Jeannette Encinias, who is a fan of Mary Oliver. So make a beeline over to her blog and soak in the bevy of poetry.

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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10 Responses to Poetry Friday—Potpourri with More Sky…

  1. Denise Krebs says:

    Michelle, fun post today. I love seeing that turbulent sky in your words. I love the fight as the oranges and pinks go and
    tinged with
    trepidation,” remains.

    Your frozen windowpane is a perfect metaphor for the photo on Margaret’s site.
    And I am enjoying your alstroemeria anniversary card because today is my anniversary–38 years!

  2. lindabaie says:

    I love the turning of your second verse about the night sky, Michelle. We have no bluster lately, only heat: “hoping for /tomorrow’s-tonight /and respite” and the “window pane snow patterns”, lovely image! Your beautiful cards with poems must please a lot of people when they arrive! Wishing you a calm weekend!

  3. Elisabeth says:

    This is beautiful! The pacing felt like I was experiencing the storm and its lulls.
    “cascading like a wild
    Mussorgsky piece
    ripping through sky—
    nights ominous crescendo
    grows louder and louder,
    and even brief
    interludes of calm”

    I love the allusion to music and how you follow that theme through later with the crescendo and calm.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  4. haitiruth says:

    Your poem goes well with Mussorgsky! I love the tele-rooting among the trees. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. jama says:

    Your first poem is so evocative and atmospheric!! Great job! I also love the “tele-rooting” part, and the “window pane snow patterns” is lovely in the second poem. 🙂

  6. margaretsmn says:

    Your poem inspires me to write more about the sky. Love the atmospheric ethereal feel of it. Thanks for sharing a link to This Photo and sharing your poem. I see the frame in the photo and can see the snowflakes you imagine.

  7. janicescully says:

    Your poem with Mussorgsky’s music is perfect. I love the approach of a storm and your poem captures it with all sorts of ominous, witchy words.

  8. mgminer says:

    Your poem brought to my senses all the power of summer nights. I love wind and the electricity in the air. Very evocative writing!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I was taken by your first image and poem. When I heard the music, I can see why the pairing was made. Great job. I love the Etsy card and haiku, too.

  10. Mary Lee says:

    I was right there with you in that stormy weather! I especially loved this bit:
    “Can you feel it
    can you feel it trees
    down into your roots
    messages tele-rooting
    between each other”

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