Poetry Friday—Sky, Sun, & Water

Florida Sunset, by Leigh Anne Eck

Happy Poetry Friday!

My poem this week was inspired by Margaret Simon’s prompt, from her post this week on THIS PHOTO WANTS TO BE A POEM… I wrote the poem, didn’t have a chance to post it, then tweaked it a bit more. The image, Florida Sunset, is Leigh Anne Eck’s, and she graciously gave me an okay to share it, isn’t it gorgeous—thanks Leigh Anne, and Margaret, for both of your sparkling inspirations!


Sun and Sky
paint a glowing picture…
Sun catches our eye above
as she spreads her luminous light
like a giant prehistoric dragonfly,
amongst a backdrop of Sky’s
violet-tinted paynes gray
only Mother Nature might create.
Wait—Water wants in too,
and sprays her walk-way of sparkles
stretching from horizon to shore
in alignment with
powerful dragonfly.
While silhouetted forms
soak in their

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Mediterranean Sea, Greece, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, Quick pencil sketch.

By James Weldon Johnson

A silver flash from the sinking sun, 
Then a shot of crimson across the sky
That, bursting, lets a thousand colors fly
And riot among the clouds; they run,
Deepening in purple, flaming in gold,
Changing, and opening fold after fold,
Then fading through all of the tints of the rose into gray.
Till, taking quick fright at the coming night,

Read the rest of the poem here.

Molly Hogan at her blog Nix the Comfort Zone is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Molly! Molly’s post is all about Summertime, gardens and how summer can slip away, be sure to drop in.

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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11 Responses to Poetry Friday—Sky, Sun, & Water

  1. Mitchell Linda says:

    What a perfect accompaniment to Leigh Ann’s photo. The painting of the sun…I could enjoy it all day.

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, you and I are on the same wavelength. We both captured Leigh Anne’s gorgeous poem and added our poems. I love how you paint a picture for us and leave it to you to see a dragonfly image in the sky. “Sun and Sky/paint a glowing picture” Thanks for also sharing JW Johnson’s poem of which the last two lines are beautiful.

  3. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for pointing out the dragonfly! LOVE it!

  4. Elisabeth says:

    What a beautiful photo. I love the “silhouetted forms” and “golden-amber twilight retreat.”

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Rebecca Herzog says:

    Love this! I’m here in Florida and there isn’t anything quite like a Florida sunset. I especially enjoy it when a storm is about to roll in. The colors are often amazing!

  6. Delicious–especially “Wait—Water wants in too,
    and sprays her walk-way of sparkles “.

  7. macrush53 says:

    Both the photo and the poem are perfect. I love this line:
    as she spreads her luminous light
    like a giant prehistoric dragonfly,

  8. Great imagery! I enjoyed reading your poem and being surprised by lines like: Wait – water wants in too
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. margaretsmn says:

    I love the use of Payne’s gray that I know from past watercolor classes. The personification of Sky, Sun and Water works well to draw us into this photo. Thanks for sharing.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I love that you saw the dragonfly and captured that in your poem! What a great photo and such a lovely accompanying poem. Great response!

  11. Glisten and Breathe paints such a gorgeous picture. I imagined what a watercolor rendition from your equally talented brushes might look like. So glad water wanted in on the summer fun, too!

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