Happy Poetry Friday!
My feathered friend here, Fox Sparrow is helping me celebrate all things wonderful about Fall. One very special area, my father’s Birthday, October 13th. My dad passed five years ago shortly after his birthday and each year I’ve been writing a poem to/or involving him since then. As I’ve been partaking in some of the birds from the #Birdtober prompts and #Inktober, this poem and art combine all.
FOX SPARROW & DAD
You like kicking around leaf foliage
prodding and poking for food.
Dad liked fall, its crunching-crispness,
and above all his ritual-raking.
I wonder if he found you,
scrounging round undergrowth…
I wonder if you found him
pondering autumn’s gifts…
He would’ve loved your chord-filled song,
and you his hearty lilting voice.
Perhaps you’re both out there
mixing music with stardust,
taking us in as we take in
slow, deep, rhythm-filled breaths
and exhale autumn’s golden-glistening reveries…
© 2021 Michelle Kogan
This week I also tried on the Red-necked Grebe #Birdtober challenge—though presently I have the poem, and art for it will come later (it’s been sketched out in my mind…)
LOOK AGAIN CLOSELY
I must agree dear Red-necked Grebe
you’re quite a grand sight to see.
You with your
long curvaceous rusty-red neck,
sporty black-beret cap,
roundness of body,
tour-de-force long legs,
and lobed feet together provide
streamlined propulsion and diving expertise.
Duck-like, absolutely not, heaven be!
With your grebe-chicks perched comfy-cozy upon thee,
and your lovely head riding water’s edge gracefully—
You’re a bird of water, salt and fresh,
any doubters, refer them to me
I’ll advocate adamantly with my repartee.
© 2021 Michelle Kogan
Last but not least,
I’m sharing some art from a virtual art exhibit
my daughter, Rachel Dohner and I are both in:
Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World
Oakton Community College’s second virtual Women’s Art Show
online till November 1st, 2021
Here’s the link.
There’s a sidebar listing all the artists exhibiting with
links to their images and artist statements.
There is also a
“Meet the Artists” virtual event
Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm
Here’s registration info for “Meet the Artists”:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
converse with beauty—
hold past, present & future
in time’s presence…
Bridget Magee, one of the puniest persons I happen to know is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog wee words for wee ones, thanks Bridget. Now try saying that 10 times, in honor of, drum roll please Bridget’s spanking new wonderful Poetry Anthology Book: 10•10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways This is not only her anthologies Book Birthday but it’s her own Birthday this month too! Many Happy returns of the Day to you Bridget and this Fabulous new poetry anthology, which I’m very happy to have a poem in! There’s so much excitement over at her blog, you just must stop by!