Poetry Friday–Rondelet

Apples and Wrens, WIP, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil. We wrens are visiting again and hope she has time to paint us all soon…

Happy Poetry Friday!

Last week I was taken with Alan J Wright’s Rondelet poem and decided to try one… Thanks Alan for your poem and structure for writing it! I was happy to welcome the structure of this succinct poem form as my week was quite full with the start of my Fall art classes–that I teach, the Jewish New Year–Rosh Hashanah upon us, and this week Yom Kippur. I was looking for a small repose and deeper breath, and I again turned to my muse… nature.


Mid autumn pause
invites wandering and wonder…
Mid autumn pause
celebrates earth’s vibrance because
her fall dowries fill your hunger
and spread brilliance round and under–
Mid autumn pause…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Wishing all a slight pause, deeper breath,
and all those celebrating the Jewish New Year
Shanah Tovah!

This weeks Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Denise Krebs at her blog Dare to Care, thanks for hosting Denise! She’s offering us an “In One Word” poem” with the word Testudinate, which relates to reptiles–whom I am very fond of… be sure to stop by her post!

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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14 Responses to Poetry Friday–Rondelet

  1. Denise Krebs says:

    Michelle, I love the title “Season Changes Breath”; it give an interesting personification of autumn. The rondelet perfectly describes the lovely and bountiful illustration you’ve created.
    “her fall dowries fill your hunger
    and spread brilliance round and under–”
    Love, love those lines.

  2. jama says:

    LOVE your painting this week, Michelle (one of my all-time favorites of yours)! And what a lovely poem; the idea of a mid autumn pause is wonderful. Shana Tovah!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    I’ve got a rondelet poem in my drafts. Never finished. Yours makes me want to revisit the form. We are not even in autumn yet, but I look forward to the pause to enjoy earth’s wonders.

  4. lindabaie says:

    After the nineties yesterday, today only in the seventies & the trees look a bit fade, soon we’ll have the appetites like you wrote, Michelle: “fall dowries fill your hunger”. The leaves have turned the mountains into gold already! I love your painting, see that you are so busy, but still took time to create that lovely rondelet. So many are writing about fall beauty this week, just wonderful to read. Thanks for yours!

  5. janicescully says:

    I love your painting with colors of spring and fall. Lovely. I often notice how autumn pauses and gives us fair weather to walk and notice the changing colors. You are busy, yet you take time to create and share. Thanks.

  6. Michelle, you have neatly rendezvoused with a Rondelet! Your poem has gently captured nature and its seasonal changes. Your painting further adds to the atmospherics of your words.

  7. haitiruth says:

    Beautiful pause! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  8. Love the pause, the breath, the connection to nature. If I could spend each holiday outdoors, it would increase the meaning 100-fold.

  9. Elisabeth says:

    Your poem creates that pause for us, in the midst of our busy lives. Thanks for sharing it with us and inviting us to share your pause.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I love the title and the pause of that repetition. This is a lovely form.

  11. Karen Edmisten says:

    That watercolor is breathtaking. I *love* it. Love your rondelet, too. I was especially taken with these lines:
    her fall dowries fill your hunger
    and spread brilliance round and under–

    Thanks, Michelle!

  12. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, thank you for your mid-autumn pause. Mid-autumn’s pause allows beautiful fall dowriest o fill my hunger. Love this roundelet and the accompanying illustration.

  13. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for the deep breath and pause of your rondelet. Happy New Year! Happy New Season!

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