Poetry Friday–ODE TO AUTUMN

Gingko-golden-carpet, © 2021 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday

On the heels of Thanksgiving I have an ODE TO AUTUMN poem, offered to us as a prompt by the Poetry Sisters’. And what a grand prompt this was in our month of giving thanks, to offer thanks to our autumn season, thank you all, Laura, Tanita, Mary Lee…! To find other Autumn Odes look for them marked as #PoetryPals.

Click on poem to enlarge size.

Pics from walks in my neighborhood:

Ruth Bowen Hersey at her blog There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, many thanks for hosting us all Ruth!

Stop by next week when I’ll be hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup with a Holidayish flavor…

And one more short tricube poem for my Bearded Iris Saga…


here with cuz,
think she should
cut me down

give me a

or leave me
here in the

©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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–ODE TO AUTUMN

  1. janicescully says:

    A magnificent farewell to autumn! This poem is so full of color and movement and the way it is structured in five columns adds interest. Nice work!

  2. katswhiskers says:

    I was struck by your effective use of alliteration, Michelle. Some really lovely combinations. And like Janice, the movement. Autumn is very busy! Loving your burnished photos, too. The third reminds me of pics I took when I spent and autumn in Adelaide.

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    ooooooh, what gorgeous, GORGEOUS colors in this post…first in your ode and in that ginko gold carpet and the trees. I agree that I will hold these colors through winter until they come again — my favorite line from your ode. Such a party of color!

  4. Dear Michelle, you had me at the gingko bed! Thank you for all. xo

  5. lindabaie says:

    Love that news of the beardy, Michelle. We again have near 70 today! And, your poem needs to be read to an audience in all its drama of autumn. Each part dazzles, but I love the part after ‘trapeze artists”! Thanks for the pics, too. Though I take my own, that one of the ground shows the autumn colors as magic. Happy Weekend!

  6. Denise Krebs says:

    Oh, what fun! My favorite is the adieu for now stanza…”gilded / gifts of / gratitude” Even the stanza slowly fades and falls one word at a time. Beautiful ode, Michelle.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    I, too, am in love with the trapeze artists of autumn! Golden gingko carpets are the best!

  8. jama says:

    Love how you’ve bid autumn farewell in such grand style. The downward movement of single words and short phrases in each column nicely mimics falling leaves. So wonderful to see the bearded iris and all the other beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, it’s so obvious you’re an artist from your colorful description in that first stanza. Lovely, all of them, but my favorite is the one beginning “I bid you adieu…” The image kept shifting from line to line, surprising and delighting me!

  10. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, your poem takes me on a ride through the seasons with autumn as the star of the show. Colors pop all over. Your photos complement the extravagance. I want to linger in the beauty that you shared.

  11. Oh, wow, an ode in the shape of autumn’s falling leaves, with fewer words sticking to the lines by the end. Very cool! Thank you for the photo tour, too. I’ll miss fall here in Connecticut; the leaves lingered this year.

  12. macrush53 says:

    Your ode is amazing and the falling leaves stunning. BTW, the recipients of your cards loved them.

  13. Janet F. says:

    I love your photos, Michelle. The vibrant colors and variety are wonderful. I did not get to spend much time last Fri. or this, but I wanted to stop by. I hope to read the Odes eventually. I love how when I need to find something wonderful I can always come to one of the Poetry Friday blogs and be amazed, soothed, welcomed, pleased and intrigued. Thank you!

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