Poetry Friday—one little word…

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’ve been mulling over words for a one little word to select for this year. I’ve selected a word, although on my path I came across this poem thinking about one’s one little word… My word is in this poem and I will share it with you sometime in January, after we become more acquainted with each other.

My poem takes the shape of a golden shovel. I am borrowing a line I found and fell in love with while reading Ruth Bowen Hersey’s blog post last week where she took us on a virtual trip to the nourishing Cheekwood Estate & Garden. The line is from Aristotle, “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous,” Thanks Ruth!

a.k.a. one little word

One little word floats like a feather in
an ocean-filled sea of thousands… Until all
of a sudden, all around it, it senses things
in unique ways. But, it patiently waits of
course for you and your unique nature
to pluck it out, and try it on, here and there,
and everywhere, for just one year… Is
your word-hunt elusive or something
that captures you effortlessly, made of
magic, care, and centering calm—Whatever the
combination it’s surely marvelous!

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

I heard this music on my classical radio station this week and I think it’s marvelous, so I thought I’d share it with you… It’s from the film The Shape of Water, which I saw a while back, and has such an etherial feeling…

My poet friend Carol Varsalona at her blog Beyond Literacy Link is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Carol—be sure to stop by!

Sending out more thoughts and prayers for our small planet…
And catch some stars when you can they are wonderful on dark, cold winter nights…

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—one little word…

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    What beautiful music. I so enjoy how a golden shovel and this golden shovel is in conversation with others from Aristotle to Ruth to the rest of us. I look forward to you getting to spend time with your word and then sharing with us. You always add beauty to words.

  2. lindabaie says:

    Oh, that music is lovely, a beautiful beginning to my day, Michelle. It feels so magical. Thank you! I love that you wrote a poem about OLWs. So many are choosing and, like me, will love it. Yes, one must “try it on” to check the fit! Happy New Year!

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, you have set the stage for a one word reveal. I have guessed but not sure what fabulous word you will choose. Your poem and artwork are absolutely lovely. It feels like you are speaking about my search for my word this year. I’ll take a dose of centering calm.

  4. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Beautiful music and art and words! Thank you, Michelle… and happy new year. I await your reveal.

  5. mbhmaine says:

    What a great quote for a golden shovel! I love how your inspiration has come from so many sources and look forward to your OLW reveal later this month. Your art, as always, is a beautiful accompaniment to your words.

  6. So magical and intriguing, Michelle … looking forward to those leaves unfurling and revealing your word when the time is right! Happy 2022!

  7. heidimordhorst says:

    I love your feathery illustration for your OLW search…and I like the idea that you have to get to know each other before you commit publicly! I hope you find it’s a good match, Michelle!

  8. bmagee10 says:

    Your poem is a gorgeous telling of how hard it is to decide on a OLW. I look forward to hearing which word you settle on.
    Smidgey and I have been ‘discussing’ what ours will be…I’ll share when we have consensus. 🙂

  9. Linda says:

    Michelle, I love the illustration and your poem. I have not yet chosen my olw for 2022. I’m not good about keeping up with it. I look forward to learning more about yours when you are ready to share it. : )

  10. Tabatha says:

    How fun to write a poem about selecting a word! (So curious about which word it is! I like a little puzzle :)) Thanks for the pretty music, too.

  11. maryleehahn says:

    What a tease you are to leave us combing your poem and guessing which is your OLW! I decided not to choose OLW this year, but it sure is fun to see what others have picked (or the word they’ve been picked by)!

  12. margaretsmn says:

    Infinite Discovery is a wonderful rumination on the one little word tradition. I read it before knowing it was a golden shovel and appreciate that the poem resonated without knowing the strike line. Your illustration, as always, inspires. I’m listening to the lovely music while I type my comment. I loved this weird movie, I must admit. The music is just beautiful. Thanks for this rich post. I can’t wait to hear what word emerges for you.

  13. Janet F. says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Here late, but happy I got to come by. I am listening to the musical score and finding it reminds me of being in Italy perhaps after the beginning section. There, for some reason (maybe influenced by the visual), I thought of A Man and A Woman movie…… I think your poem is fabulous. I was taken by what Ruth wrote and your striking line is a fine one. I did consider some of those great one and am curious what you will choose. Lovely and thanks.

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