Poetry Friday–Summer’s End

Backyard Summer Sunflowers, 8-2021, © Michelle Kogan.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with a quick acrostic poem for our changing season and Summer’s end…
And a Poem Swap poem and art that I sent to Iphigene Daradar earlier this summer.


Sunflowers squeeze out profuse buds and then some…
Underneath their golden-crown canopy grow
multiple green peppers, tomatoes and okra prepping for harvest—
Milkweed produces more and more seedpods for
entry next spring… While zinnias razzle-dazzle and
rave on in tertiary pinks, soft tangerine’s, and lavender lilacs, third
season asparagus’ twice its size, and
entwined morning glory vines envelop everywhere.
Nary a ruby-throated hummingbird appears as summer
daylight ebbs away and ushers in autumn.

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

As summer’s beginning to nod out and fall’s on the horizon, here’s the art and poem I wrote for Iphigene, for the Summer Poetry Swap, created and organized by poet and writer Tabatha Yeatts, many thanks again Tabatha!

P.S. Here’s a shout out for my Fall Art Classes starting in just under 2 weeks. I’m offering both in person and online at the Evanston Art Center and Harper College Community Education. For info and registration visit: Evanston Art Center and Harper College Community Education

Heidi Mordhorst at her blog my juicy little universe is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Heidi! I’m looking forward to her poetry offering, be sure to stop by!

And for all our hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, covid, people and countries…

care-thoughts everywhere
for everything…

Be Well!

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–Summer’s End

  1. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michele, your photo of sunflowers bursts of colors, textures, shapes, and summer! I love the close-up detail. I resonate and can see the details of your beautiful acrostic because I have similar flowers in my garden. This summer I have been delighted with more monarchs than I’ve had in years. Yay! I’ve also seen many hummingbird clearwing moths, and a few hummingbirds. Yay! Your art and poem Pearls of Perseverance are amazing! So beautiful, meaningful, and powerful! I wonder if you could turn that into a book for teachers/children. And a caring haiku to end your excellent post. Thank you for sharing so much and bringing joy. “Care-thoughts” of wellness to you also, Michele.

  2. katswhiskers says:

    What a wondrous post, Michele. I loved your bounteous Summer’s End poem that is a harvest of delight. And I’m sure Iphigene delighted in your poetry swap art and poetry. Thank-you for sharing!

  3. lindabaie says:

    I love the video of your garden, Michelle, the sights & sounds! And the “zinnias razzle-dazzle”, a favorite flower plus your lovely poem for Iphigene, for children, for us ALL! Have a lovely weekend!

  4. maryleehahn says:

    Love the locust vibe in your garden tour video! And wow! What a mighty garden you have! You know this bit of your poem caught my eye: “zinnias razzle-dazzle and / rave on,” and what a perfect little wish you end with. Yes to everywhere and for everything!

  5. mbhmaine says:

    Another vote for “zinnias razzle-dazzle and/rave on” and more admiration for your beautiful (and well-tended!) garden and acrostic. It does seem like summer has already turned markedly toward autumn. Happily, we still have hummingbirds here daily and I appreciate each sighting, perhaps even more so, knowing they’ll soon be making their way south. In your poem to Iphigene I especially love this line: “raise them/and we raise all.” Truth.

  6. Hooray for acrostics–I especially like “zinnias razzle-dazzle and
    rave” Bring it on, fall!

  7. bmagee10 says:

    Great acrostic, Michelle! A good reminder that as summer recedes, we need to be like the ocean and ‘wave’. 😉

  8. Your poem captures a rich assortment of summer’s last hurrah as Autumn limbers up in preparation for its entrance. Words and images delicately combine to provide readers with the seasonal landscape. Thank you Michelle. The razzle dazzle and rave of zinnias-indeed!

  9. Elisabeth says:

    What a riot of color you’ve captured in this poem. Reading it, I could just picture a garden jam-packed with colors to delight the eye, and delicious vegetables to delight you after harvest.

  10. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for the summer abundance! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  11. Good morning–I’m late this weekend for Good Reasons! There’s so much bounty here, Michelle–in both poems. The line I’m going back for is “rave on in tertiary pinks, soft tangerines, and lavender lilacs, third” which jambs us up against asparagus reaching past spring into the “golden-crown canopy.” Sorry you missed out on the hummingbirds–they are so special and I’m glad they show up for the children!

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