Poetry Friday–Holiday Lights & “This Photo Wants to be…”

Hanukkah Lights Holiday Card, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

hanukkah lights spread
glowing warmth, like family
leaning in for hugs

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with a couple short poems today as I’m busy preparing for a Holiday Show, the Evanston Art Center’s 19th Annual Winter Arts and Craft EXPO that opens in a few weeks, on November 19, 2021.
I’m sharing my newest Hanukkah Lights Greeting Card as, believe it or not, Hanukkah is right around the corner, and follows on the heels of Thanksgiving. The haiku above is on the back of the card and you can find the card in my Etsy Shop.

The poem below is from Margaret Simon’s blog post for This Photo Wants to be a Poem, that she shared yesterday. The post included a fanciful image of a very large rabbit and other visitors that her neighbors had bedecked in their backyard. You can take a peek and read about it on her blog REFLECTIONS ON THE TECHE. Thanks Margaret!

though only wire
and bones
our eyes share
a deeper story…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

I’ve been listening and reading about the COP26 international climate conference that has taken place this last week, and hoping that more will be coming in the pipeline for our small Earth to help her out, especially more ways both large and small for all who desire to take a part. Here’s a CNN article I read.

Be sure to stop by Mary Lee Hahn’s blog, A(nother) Year of Reading for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, She has a beautiful nature poem wrapped around percent. Thanks for hosting Mary Lee!

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 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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–Holiday Lights & “This Photo Wants to be…”

  1. mbhmaine says:

    I loved the image that Margaret shared this week, but I didn’t find time to respond to it. Your response is perfect! I love the connection between those two creatures and how you wove the story into it. Well done! Good luck with your holiday prep.

  2. That is such a beautiful card, Michelle. I’ll have to go see what the photo is; your poem has intrigued me!

  3. lindabaie says:

    I just read Margaret’s post & the poem really speaks loudly, doesn’t it? Your card is lovely, Michelle, time for all those holiday cheer, and I guess coming fast. The stores have already put our their displays. Best wishes for your Expo!

  4. katswhiskers says:

    Such bold, bright colours in your Hanukkah art, Michelle. Brighter than your usual palette. Your haiku is the perfect match – candles and family, leaning in for warmth and hugs. Lovely! Like Susan, I am intrigued by your second poem.

  5. Beautiful, that family leaning in for hugs. Love! xo

  6. janicescully says:

    Such lovely art, Michelle, with bright fiery candles! My sister is a ceramicist and is preparing for a show. It’s a busy time. Hope it goes well.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Your Hanukkah Lights (art and poem) are warm and inviting. Well done on the wire rabbit poem. You captured the feel of it perfectly.

  8. jama says:

    Love those Hanukkah lights, with family leaning in for hugs. 🙂 Have fun preparing for the craft EXPO :)!

  9. tee+d says:

    Ooh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous card. Good luck with your craft EXPO! I’m grateful you get to do it again this year.

  10. heidimordhorst says:

    Gorgeous card, Michelle–wishing you prosperity at the EXPO, and thanking you for the mention of COP26. For those of us who love the earth it’s easy to take action on its behalf, but I”m beginning to realize that some folks respond better to the idea that we are saving HUMANITY–people, the people we lean in and hug–when we take action to reverse climate damage.

  11. haitiruth says:

    Love! Those candles are gorgeous, as is everything else! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  12. Michelle, I love the card and your accompanying haiku. Thank you for sharing your work! Good luck with the holiday art show! It takes a lot of work to participate in those as a vendor. I’ve done couple so I know. I hope you have a huge success!

  13. Janet F. says:

    Your card and art and poem are all beautiful, Michelle. I left a comment at Margaret’s about your poem, but it was on my phone and I don’t think it posted. Am going to try again. I really enjoyed the message in your poem about Mr. Rabbit.

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