Poetry Friday–One Little Word…

Discover, haiku and art, WIP, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m uncovering my OLW (one little word)…
I think I skipped picking a word last year, I had a list but the word and I never came together. This year there were a couple in the corral for consideration, and then one broke lose, poked through and voila… DISCOVER emerged…

Recently we met up in a drawing via the help of my friend Line.


fall in love with line,
let line lead you from scribbles
to fascination…

fall in love with line,
let its goose bumps sensation
waken creations…

fall in love with line
let it rip-roar and lose you
in contemplation…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

We met up once again…


Discover uncover
wed knowledge
with light

each angle
in darkest of night

marvels unknown

Get ready
get steady
let loose all regret

all hesitation

For no one knows
when sparks
fire and ignite

For no one knows
when that cover’s

percolates, peaks,
poof, uncovering

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

Discover has assured me, it’ll poke through again here and there,
and we’ve decided that we’ll take turns leading in this dance.

Wishing you all the best for this New Year with heartfelt Cheers,
from Discover and me to all of you,
till next time,
Adieu, xox

Tabatha Yeatts is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Tabatha. Be sure to stop by her blog The Opposite of Indifference, she has some fun wordplay, puzzle related goings-on there and links to many more poems!

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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15 Responses to Poetry Friday–One Little Word…

  1. katswhiskers says:

    I’ve not ever done the OLW. And I’m not sure what is required of it. But this year I was thinking I’d like to ponder a theme… even if it’s just for me. And the word I’ve chosen has slipped off my fingertips numerous times already today. It even slipped into my post – without conscious thought. Which really does confirm that it’s my mantra for this year.

    Loving that your art and your ‘Discover’ poem is built around line. (I love it when there are segments of your piece unshaded. Taking things back to simplicity and showing the fragile bones of your art.)

  2. bmagee10 says:

    Love your OLW, Michelle. I’m excited to all the ways ‘discover’ reveals itself to you…like when you crossed the line into ‘contemplation’. 🙂

  3. Michelle, this will be a rich word for sure! (I thought it was going to be “line” after reading your poem, which I love, because I AM in love with line!) I “discovered” this week that it’s my 15th year to choose OLW. Wowza! Thank you for all. xo

  4. lindabaie says:

    It feels so right that artist you, Michelle, would write about ‘line’, love that. But I also love the rhythm of your second poem, that “discover” bounces along with happiness. Happy New Year with your OLW!

  5. janicescully says:

    Discover is a great choice! I look forward to seeing where it takes you. It’s what writing is to me.

  6. margaretsmn says:

    What a wonderful word to play with this year…Discover! I love “scribbles
    to fascination…” I think of my grandsons as they explore line in drawing. I really think Leo has a gift. At three he is drawing circles with eyes and mouth lines and saying it’s so and so. Scribbles to fascination…

  7. jama says:

    Great choice, Michelle. Love your poems! Looking forward to a great year of artistic and poetic discoveries here. 🙂

  8. Tabatha says:

    Your WORDPLAY is so fun to say 🙂 I enjoyed discovering your OLW. Hope it delights you this year!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, it is wonderful to meet your OLW. I decided to go backward in time to find your word peeking out of your previous posts. I have been trying to figure it out each week. Infinite discovery flashed right in front of me and I love it. You will have an amazing year uncovering new discoveries in your word work, poetry building, and art creations. Enjoy your OLW during the cold spell.

  10. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Gorgeous art and poetry. Glad that you and your OLW have found each other… the beauty is that there is so much to discover in this amazing world! Enjoy… and thanks.

  11. Linda Mitchell says:

    ooooooh! What a word and what a wonderful way to enter this new year. Thank you for the beautiful, beautiful tiger postcard and poem. The last stanza in this post holds so much fun and beauty and expectation. All of us are going to enjoy your discoveries this year!

  12. maryleehahn says:

    Great choice for your OLW! You are already such a noticer…this word will lead you to the next step, the wondering. I love the repetition in “Discover” and the jaunty rhythm and rhyme in “Wordplay!”

  13. heidimordhorst says:

    I also thought it would be *line* from your first poem, but clearly you and Discover are going to have a great relationship, Michelle! Your Wordplay is an ideal way to discover new juxtapositions.

  14. haitiruth says:

    Such a great choice – wishing you many wonderful discoveries this year! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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