Poetry Friday–ZYGO-WONDER, poem & painting

Zygo-Wonder, WIP, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, Watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

My beautiful zygocactus begged me to take a break this week and capture her in color and words… The little elf on my shoulder kept whispering in my ear, you have new holiday cards to post, and I replied yes, they are coming within the next few days to my Etsy shop. So for today, I indulged myself by spending some mindful time with this beauty…


Single bud of beauty
captures ribbons of
iridescent redness
opulent oranges
and precious pinks…
Envelopes me
sending tingles
through my
and leaves me

©2021 Michelle Kogan

…And some entertainment…

Stop by Carol Varsalona’s blog Beyond Literacy Link for the Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Carol! She’s taking us on a gallery walk through Autumn.

P.S. … Bearded Iris update…

bearded iris
growing strong, along with
two side kicks…

temps predicted to
plummet, who knows what
tomorrow may bring…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

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–ZYGO-WONDER, poem & painting

  1. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michelle, I’m glad your zygocatus begged you to draw her and create beautiful words about her beauty. In these lines, I love your images, comparison, and alliteration, “captures ribbons of/iridescent redness/opulent oranges/and precious pinks.” Your drawing does look like ribbons. I can see this image and feel it, “Envelopes me/sending tingles/through my/imagination. Maybe your bearded iris will bloom before the cold comes in. “Two side kicks” is the perfect word choice. Thank you for sharing.

  2. jama says:

    Love those two side kicks — and I, too, hope the bearded iris blooms soon. Delightful poem of praise for your zygocactus (I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person). Thanks for the video (nice culture fix)!

  3. Love the zygocactus painting and poem. They are one of my favorite holiday plants – I used to have a unit in the garden club I led on these beauties! They definitely leave you wanting more….

  4. lindabaie says:

    Oh, this is great, Michelle. I’ve been so busy today, am loving my evening reading of posts, & now your glorious zygocactus & those two sidekicks, plus lots of ‘papageni’ celebration. Perfect connection there. I don’t know what to do about the weather. Still warm, some flowers still out there here, too. I hope yours gets their chance, for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Linda Mitchell says:

    Just the ticket—some time to be mindful. You, your painting and your writing has me walking toward my craft table right now. I need a bit of that too.Thank you.

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I have been so involved with family this weekend that it has been hard to find free time to read PF blogs. I am thankful for your beautiful illustration and poems. They allowed me to “just be”. You were right to find time to follow your spirit and passion. I received your autumn gallery offerings so they will be shared in one of my blogs and added to the original credits for the Poetry Friday edition. Many thanks for always being a part of the galleries. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Michelle.

  7. Beautiful as always! I love the vibrant colors.

  8. haitiruth says:

    Yay for the Bearded Iris! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  9. margaretsmn says:

    Beauty in iridescent ribbons of red. Such a lovely image!

  10. Laura Shovan says:

    I love this post, Michelle. Our Christmas cactus plants are budding right now and I can’t wait for them to open.

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