Poetry Friday–NPM–Meadowlark

Meadowlark, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, pencil sketch

Happy Poetry Friday!

Happy Poetry Month! There are S-o-o-o-o many poetry opportunities to partake in, I wish I could skip sleeping this month and fill up on more of the poetry out there. Here’s a couple of places to wet your poetry palate: Stop in on Jama Rattigan’s blog Jama’s Alphabet Soup where she’s graciously gathered the kidlitosphere and more poetry blog posts all in one spot. Follow the Progressive Poem, originally started by Irene Latham, and hosted now by Margaret Simon. Each day throughout April a poet is adding their own unique line, or borrowed line to a group poem. I’m including the schedule of blog stops below. Tabatha Yeatts has a beautiful new website specifically for her brand new Poetry Anthology: Imperfect II Poems About Perspective: An Anthology for Middle Schoolers. She’s posting daily from the poets and more. It’s gorgeous, my copy just arrived and I’m slowly reading through it, you can take a closer look at it here.

For each Poetry Friday I’m sharing a bird poem and either some art or a sketch for a bird book I’m working on…


Though your
 bright yellow breast
sets you apart,
it’s your round,
scallop-edge feathers
while in flight that fully
capture my gaze.

short tail
 spread with
like a
lotus flower
above a second
intricate pattern fan.

you lift
fortunate eyes

© 2022
Michelle Kogan

Here’s a poem I wrote yesterday for Margaret Simons prompt from her post This Photo Wants to be a Poem, –wish I could have joined in… The image was from the poofy parts of dandelions. Margaret borrowed a line from a delightful poem by Mary Lee Hahn, and suggested we borrow a line from one of the poets that were responding to the image. I borrowed Rose Cappelli’s first line, thanks Rose, Margaret, and Mary Lee! There’s a bevy of handsome poems at her blog, Reflections on the Teche, hope you can stop in.


Scatter like dandelion seeds
goodness from within
kindred kindness
cross all continents
replenishing care
for Ukrainians
devastated by

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

Progressive Poem 2022

1 April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Linda Mitchell  at A Word Edgewise
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing

Janice Scully at her blog, Salt City Verse is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Janice! She’s sharing a rich book interview with David Elliott on his new poetry picture book, AT THE POND.

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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11 Responses to Poetry Friday–NPM–Meadowlark

  1. janicescully says:

    Love the Meadowlark video and your poem, especially how the POV changes in the last stanza from the bird to the fortunate eyes watching it fly away. The dandelion’s seeds is a fit metaphor for what the Ukrainian people are going through. Horrible beyond words. Thank for this lovely post, Michelle.

  2. jama says:

    Pretty meadowlark poem and lovely sketch. Enjoyed hearing what it sounds like too, so thanks for the video! Scattering seeds of kindness and compassion are certainly critical; I also thought about the citizens of Ukraine scattering far and wide as they’re forced to leave their country.

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    How beautiful! I love seeing this jewel here and in the wild. Keep going. You have a great collection started!

  4. lindabaie says:

    I love the scallops but thanks for sharing the call, too, Michelle. It is a favorite, so, so beautiful. Your dandelion poem is heartfelt, wishing we ALL would scatter the kindnesses. Thanks for the wonder of nature inspiring us always.

  5. macrush53 says:

    There is so much to love about this post. Your art, this: like a/bejeweled/lotus flower and the poignancy of your Ukraine poem

  6. I kept returning to “feathers…in flight that fully capture…” – momentarily mesmerized! And thank you for the seedlings poem. It is beautiful.

  7. cvarsalona says:

    Your meadowlark drawing is flying away to spread kindness- a welcoming sight but the sounds it makes is sweet and hopefully makes a big impression on me. I love how you included a special thought for the Ukraine in you dandelion poem. I would love to have a peek into your work space, Michelle.

  8. maryleehahn says:

    Meadowlarks are my favorite songbird. Thank you for your poem, sketch, and the video! And thank you for the wonderful dandelion poem for Ukraine.

  9. I cannot say I’ve ever seen a meadowlark, Michelle. Your vivid artwork and descriptive poem will now help me to identify them! Thank you for an informative post!

  10. Elisabeth says:

    Two beautiful poems – thank you for sharing these with us. I like the metaphor of dandelion seeds in the poem about Ukraine.

  11. Laura Shovan says:

    You captured those scalloped feathers so beautifully, Michelle.

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