Happy Poetry Friday!
I received this lovely light filled package of poetry and gifts from my poet friend Carol Varsalona this last week. You wouldn’t know we were both running short on time from the treasures that were exchanged, and the joy that her package gave me. Thanks for this inner warmth you filled me with Carol! And thanks also to Tabatha Yeatts, the Winter Poem Swap originator, and Laura Shovan who this year organized all of us participating! Carol culled her inspiration-filled poems and creations from some of my art and poems, along with her own. The inquisitive silver bird has found a home at the base of my computer and seems quite content.
And…A gratitude poem for you Carol… Inspired by a couple of your lines.
SPARKS LIT WITHIN
in between the
hustle and bustle
in between the
“haste and letting go”
“focus on the good”
full of dazzle,
and simple gifts
© 2021 Michelle Kogan
A solstice poem inspired by my night sky.
flickers of light
like my nightlight
from blue above
like dove wings
stirring each star…
©2021 Michelle Kogan
Be sure to stop by Buffy Silverman’s blog for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup—Thanks for hosting Buffy! She’s sharing a winter poems swap poem about Tress by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and her own response poem too!
Sending Merriest of Holiday Wishes to All!
Wow…”between haste and letting go” is such a perfect line. I feel that one deeply. What a beautiful exchange between poets. Thank you for sharing the light from your package. And, I adore “stirring each star.” I hope you have some time now to rest and let winter be for a bit. You put so much energy into making. I’d love to know your secrets to recharing!
What a beautiful exchange! The bird is perfect for you, as are the poems! And your response poem is swoon-worthy!
Thank you for sharing Carol’s gifts for you and your gifts (on multiple levels) for us, Michelle. You both are inspirational. 🙂
Michelle, I read this last night but was too tired to respond. I am so happy that the silver bird has a home. I thought it might bring joy to your computer area as you pen your bird poems and others. Thank you for sharing the gifts that I sent through our joyful exchange. Your gratitude poem is lovely and shares a special link between us. I am still in between the haste and letting go phase of Christmas as I still have gifts to wrap before we go over to my daughter’s house for Christmas Eve. May the silver globe bottle topper bring you sparkles of light this season and especially on New Year’s Eve. Happy Holidays, my friend. Thank you for the gorgeous gifts of art and poetry goodness you sent me.
I love the poem that Carol culled from your lines (and the golden shovel you wrote for her)–what a lovely gift exchange you had! And your solstice dance… Wishing you joyful holidays!
Lovely all around… thank you for sharing, and happy wishes for the days ahead.
I am always impressed when someone takes the time to read my poetry and create something new. These poetry gifts are meaningful and connect us at the special time of year.