Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m happy to share with you my joy filled poetry swap package that I received from
Margaret Simon! Margaret sent me a collaged writing journal infused with summeryness!
Margaret’s poem borrowed words from a recent poem of mine that she found on my blog, and that she wrote “after Nikki Giovanni.”
CUTTING THE ALSTROEMERIA
© 2021 Margaret Simon
Cascading the garden…tinged with trepidation…
I breathe sweet sauce and eat scented air…
convolute the question…tangle like
a rope swing…willy-nilly whirling round…
giggling gallon of bubbles…capture starlight…
dizzy with dragonflies…dance with fairies
and place you in the window
to show the world
you make me crazy!
And here’s a responding poem for Margaret, with some words borrowed from her poem.
Willy-nilly whirling round
samony pinkness flew into town,
on humming bird wings
with dragonflies multi-eyes,
carrying nature’s invited lines
with poetry collage-covers sublime…
Crooker calls: write, write, write,
follow your instinct despite lost plight.
Fill those lines
with your heart
light or dark
morn or night
© 2021 Michelle Kogan
Thanks for your lovely poem and writing journal Margaret!
These poems made me think about water, and my city, Chicago’s big Lake Michigan which has recently been in the news in relation to Climate Crisis, and our surging and plummeting levels of the lake—Hope we can figure out a way to help this dilemma . You can catch a piece of the story here: nyti.ms/3xqLJ3Z My apologies in advance that all might not be able to view the entire story, but those who are subscribers to the NY Times will have access.
Sending out heartfelt thanks to Tabatha Yeatts who created and carries on our Summer Poem Swap! xo
Margaret Simon is also hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Margaret! Be sure to stop by her blog Reflections on the Teche she’s filling our poetic yearnings with a new poetry anthology, that she’s included in, Bridge the Distance, Teacher-Poets Writing to Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems,
and also an additional poem.