Poetry Friday–Hummingbird and Cucumbers…

Backyard Hummingbird Feeder, © 2021 Michelle Kogan.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m immersed in my garden and its visitors. Enjoy the romp round my green-filled grounds…


I missed
then twice
with my Oh!
And off she flew…

At 7:00ish
as sun slackened,
I sat waiting—
She appeared
magically by my knee,
and off she flew…

I decided
I’d sit and wait
sound off,
camera and
notebook ready–

She came
and indulged
in succulent
sugar-water nectar.
While I sat
and admired her
sparkling green,
And off she flew…

Dear hummingbird,
until I sit again,

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Summer Cucumber Vine, © 2021 Michelle Kogan.

can you be cool
as a cucumber vine
trailing up towards sky…

follow cucumber
vine’s adventure wherever
whimsy unfolds…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

First Baby Cuke of Summer, © 2021 Michelle Kogan

hey baby cuke
nothing compares to your
congenial cuteness!

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Mary Lee Hahn at her blog A(nother) Year of Reading is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Mary Lee! Mary Lee’s sharing a contemplative villanelle about time and retirement, be sure to drop by and fill your palate with 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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19 Responses to Poetry Friday–Hummingbird and Cucumbers…

  1. Mitchell Linda says:

    What an adorable cucumber! You reminded me to go out back and check the vine. I wish I could be as cool as a cuke. They are so much the taste of summer! Love your photos and your hummingbird poem. They are fast!

  2. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michelle, congratulation on your hummingbird photo! Your images in your poem make me feel like I’m there. I love “sparkling green effervescence.” I talk to the birds, bees and butterflies in my garden, too. I resonated with this poem because I have been trying to take photos of the hummingbird clearwing moths in my garden. They are as fascinating as hummingbirds. Of course, they pose for me when I don’t have my camera. Wow, what a vine. Love how you talk to your cucumber in your haiku; love how your cute cucumber still has the flower on. Thank you sharing your photos and poems. 🙂

  3. janicescully says:

    Thanks for sharing this moment and your garden. Did a hummingbird really sit on your knee? If so, that’s astounding to me. Now I’m thinking about cucumber vines and whimsey.

  4. katswhiskers says:

    I’m digging your gardening cogitations, Michelle. It sounds like life is smiling with/on you.

  5. lindabaie says:

    Beautiful, elusive hummers & you caught some, wow! I love watching them from my window, flitting by, though I don’t feed them. Love your voice talking to them, Michelle, & that “congenial cuteness” of the baby cuke! Time for me to find some babies for making pickles! Happy weekend!

  6. Denise Krebs says:

    Michelle, I love the adventures of your pen and paints in the garden. The “congenial cuteness” of that first cucumber is so sweet. That sounds like the description from an adoring gardening parent. I also loved the description of the vine’s unfolding whimsical adventure. So much delicious fun here.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    You’re making me miss having a climbing cucumber this summer! I love finding those cute baby cukes! And we’ve had a hummingbird come to our zinnias, but I missed it. Maybe I need to do the kind of stakeout you did!! 🙂 All three of your poems are summer-tastic!

  8. I’m with you on the cuteness (over coolness) of cucumbers, and I believe the title of your post itself is the first poem here. I had a close encounter with a hummingbird yesterday–seemed to be trying to decide if I was sippable or not! I love “as sun slackened”–lovely.

  9. Tabatha says:

    Terrific pics! Glad your patience was rewarded 🙂

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I still have not seen hummingbirds so I indulged in looking at your photos and seeing the flitting of one. Your cucumber is so delightful to look at and I bet its taste is one to savor. There is nothing like fresh cukes off the vine. Love the words, congenial cuteness and eagerly followed your whimsy trail.

  11. mgminer says:

    Delightful summer colors your words and photos paint!

  12. Susan T. says:

    “Cool as a cucumber vine” is a fun iteration of a familiar expression! How lucky to have the hummingbirds around, too.

  13. haitiruth says:

    Such lovely, whimsical offerings today! ❤ Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  14. Garden gatherings Michelle. You are harvesting moments, memories and fresh produce. Such bounty. Thanks for the chance to sit patiently and wait for things to reveal themselves. Love the pace of your piece. Love the peace of your post…

  15. Rebecca Herzog says:

    Love these, Michelle. We will be into our own home before too long and I cannot wait to be able to have a garden again.

  16. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks for immersing me in your garden and for reminding me of the importance of sitting still. There’s so much to be grateful for all around us, and hummingbirds, especially, are one of those things! My father-in-law just found a hummingbird nest in our backyard–so tiny and perfectly formed. A wonder in itself!

  17. Elisabeth says:

    What a wonderful glimpse of your summer! I love how you’ve played on the phrase “cool as a cucumber” and your description of the hummingbird really sparkles:
    sparkling green,

    Thanks for sharing these poems today!

  18. Jone R MacCulloch says:

    Hummingbirds and baby cukes. The joys of sitting still.

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