Poetry Friday Roundup is Here & Celebrating Holidaze!

Evergreen Moon & Snow Greeting Card, from my watercolor and pen and ink painting
© 2021, Michelle Kogan. Available in my Etsy Shop here, with haiku on back:
moon’s light spread
spilling on evergreen and
snow’s cover calmed all…
© Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

Welcome to my Holidaze Poetry Friday Roundup!

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Hanukkah began this week and more winter Holidays are quickly approaching. I’m sharing a poem and also a variety of Holiday cards that are available in my online Etsy Shop. And, for any one local to the Chicago area they are also available at the Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO that is going on now through December 20, 2021.

I’m also sharing some good news… Three of my poems were accepted in the semifinalist category for the poet’s billow 2020 Atlantis Award. The poems are: ODE TO MOONFLOWER BUD DURING COVID-19, PINK AND REMEMBERING… and PASTORAL UNEARTHING.

My poem below is from thoughts about embracing other cultures and traditions as children grow to adulthood and families begin joining other families.


Holidaze approaching fast,
catch your breath, ocean breathe out…
Remember roots, family ties–
Tie us lovingly and unite.

Families grow, children leave
pick another join family tree.
Traditions, cultures intertwine
weave and whirl–wind joy-love-grow.

Holidaze, happy hol-i-day…
Symbols melt into open hearts
ideas catapult hope breathes high—
Mishmash-mix holi-humanize.

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Watch out, here comes the snow…

Snowperson, Trees, & Birdies, Holiday Card, from my pen and ink and digital art, © 2020, Michelle Kogan. Available in my Etsy Shop here.

And more snow…

Straw Ornaments Holiday Card, from my pen and ink and watercolor painting, © 2020, Michelle Kogan.
Available in my Etsy Shop here, with haiku on the back of the card:
catch holiday joy
as magic unfolds
© Michelle Kogan

And Holiday Hope!

Space Friends Hope! Holiday Card, from my pen and ink and digital art, © 2020, Michelle Kogan.
Available in my Etsy Shop here.

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candlelight flows from
window-dark night, spinning
dreidel fills with hope,
and oil-filled recipes
keep freedom marching on…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

wishing all ribbons
of joy, love, and peace for the
holiday season!

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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36 Responses to Poetry Friday Roundup is Here & Celebrating Holidaze!

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  2. Linda Mitchell says:

    Wow! You had me at “catch your breath.” I’m just home from a 10 hour school day and incredibly grateful to come here, see your beautiful art, and know that you are in the spirit of the season. Snow with Moon is incredible. But, HOPE might be my favorite!

  3. Thank you so much for rounding up, Michelle. The holiday cards are wonderful. Congrats on the poetry semifinals, too. That is exciting!

  4. jama says:

    You’ve gotten me into the holiday spirit with your lovely cards and poems. Congrats on the poetry good news! Thanks so much for hosting this week!

  5. Tabatha says:

    I just love Evergreen, Moon, and Snow! Congrats on the ATLANTIS news and thanks for hosting!

  6. Such joy over here today, Michelle – thanks for sharing all, and thank you for hosting! Love seeing what your paintbrush has been up to – that flowery Snowperson is just delightful. Wishing you and yours much happiness all season long.

    • (And, Michelle – if you noticed that my original post’s PF pointer message said “Molly” instead of “Michelle” – sorry about that, and it’s fixed! My brain’s not keeping up this week – ha!)

  7. Holiday celebrations are inextricably entwined with family gathering and gratitude, so thank you, Michelle, your words are a timely reminder of what these times really mean. Congratulations on your poetic progress. Best wishes and happy times as we move into holidaze. Thank you also for hosting.

  8. Tim Kulp says:

    Holidaze is spot on! I feel like the holiday season is a whirlwind as you describe so excellently in your poem. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. bmagee10 says:

    You are an amazing artist on every level, Michelle. Thanks for hosting this first Friday in December ‘holidaze’. 🙂

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  12. maryleehahn says:

    Happy Hanukkah, happy art expo, happy poetry news! Thank you for hosting us with this glorious feast of art and poetry! Your first card is stunning, and this line is so so important: “Symbols melt into open hearts.” Thank you for hosting, for helping us to enter the “Holi-DAZE” with hope and joy!

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  15. rosecappelli says:

    I love the breathless feeling you created, Michelle. And your art, as always, is lovely. Thanks for hosting and congratulations on your good news!

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  17. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for hosting. Happy Hanukkah! Your art and poetry combos are always inspiring. We are in the midst of “families grow”. It’s fun to watch my children begin traditions with their own children.

  18. Michelle, I am always so nourished by the love in and around and between your art and poetry. They feed each other and me too. Congratulations on your accolades, and thank you for rounding us all up. Your poem about building bridges really touched me. xo

  19. haitiruth says:

    Thank you for hosting! I can’t wait to read everybody’s posts today! (I haven’t read yours yet either, but I’ll be back! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  20. janicescully says:

    Happy Hannukah, Michelle. Congrats on your poetry awards! That’s awesome. I love your new cards.
    Your poem “Building Holiday Bridges” was so relevant to me as my son, his fiancé and her family visited over Thanksgiving and I felt like our little family was expanding and changing in wonderful ways.
    Families grow, children leave
    pick another join family tree.

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  22. Beautiful art – and words! So important for us to remember others and how we’re all connected. thanks for hosting!

  23. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Thanks for hosting today, Michelle. Your holiday cards are amazing. Beautiful everything!!!

  24. Karen Edmisten says:

    Michelle, your cards are beautiful (I especially love the first one.) And congratulations on all the good news! Hurray! Thanks for hosting today.

  25. Michelle, Congratulations on your poems being accepted for the semi-finals! That’s wonderful news and I’m so glad you shared it! As always your artwork is stunning, capturing this season perfectly! I always enjoy looking at your blog and shop! Thanks for hosting! ~Carol~

  26. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, you are holidazing me with your array of poems and drawings. Congratulations on the news that you have poems in the semi-finals of the 2020 Atlantis Awards!
    Love the last stanza of the first poem because it is so descriptive and uses the word humanize in a special way.
    Symbols melt into open hearts
    ideas catapult hope breathes high—
    Mishmash-mix holi-humanize.
    The cards are wonderful. They will be a hit. Thanks for hosting and providing new artistic expressions for us to enjoy.
    I am the 5th Stop on Matt Esenwine’s Blog Tour and offering a give away of the book.
    Happy Holidazing!

  27. heidimordhorst says:

    Thanks for all the great visuals, Michelle, and for hosting. That’s great news about your finalist poems! My favorite here is your last one, Hanukkah Sparks–hope your celebration is warm and glowing.

  28. Happy Hanukkah, Michelle, and thank you for hosting this week. Congratulations on having your poems chosen as finalists! Your cards are charming. I especially love the snowman (woman?) surrounded by bluebirds. Your post has definitely helped me “catch holiday joy!”

  29. Cathy M says:

    So much to love here: cards, poems, and new possibilities. Thank you for hosting – and for sharing your poem. This was my favorite line:

    Traditions, cultures intertwine

    Such a gift the way our worlds weave together.

  30. Laura Shovan says:

    Thanks for hosting today, Michelle. I bought some of your dreidel cards last year and I’d better get them in the mail to friends today — yikes!! This line resonates with me: “Mishmash-mix holi-humanize.”

  31. I love that “holi-humanize.” Our holiday events vary so much from year to year, due to daughters living/visiting here or not, daughter dating/marrying/divorcing, pandemic rules, etc. But each year, it’s about connecting with people we love–and that looks different each year, it seems. But the love doesn’t change :>) Congrats on your poetry recognition, Michelle, and thanks for hosting!

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