Poetry Friday–NPM Gray Catbird

Happy NPM and Poetry Friday!

Have you been following 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. Recently, Karin Fisher-Golton flew in some lovely “blue-winged swallows,” along with some “rain from up the mountains, which perhaps may have prompted Denise Krebs’ “Green growing all around, and the cool splash of the fountain.” It’s really fun to watch the lines unwind and roll into one another. I’m including the schedule of blog stops below. Here are a couple other stops to continue on during National Poetry Month: 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. And more rich images and introspective, unwinding, and calming ideas continue to appear on Tabatha Yeatts blog post, Imperfect II for her new poetry anthology Imperfect II Poems About Perspective: An Anthology for Middle Schoolers. I’m so happy to have a poem included in this collection!!!

Here’s another bird poem for a bird book I’m working on…


Mew mew
calling you-you,
come familiarize with my
irresistible surprise…
Check below my
covert under tail and find
my chest-nutty courting prize…

I’m saving my coveted colors
for that one special mate.
Watch my slender tail gently
rise, rise, rise.
Quick take a peek
below my privates
I surely am unique!

If we court, I promise
I’ll be attentively true.
Through all breeding season
we’ll raise broods just us two—
With only me by your wing
protecting and providing
for eggs, chicks and you.

© 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

Matt Forrest Esenwine at his blog Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Matt! Matt’s sharing an interview with the author and poet Leslie Bulion. And, this month he’s also been hosting a PoetryCubed Contest, so swing on by!

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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16 Responses to Poetry Friday–NPM Gray Catbird

  1. Pingback: Poetry Friday: The roundup is here, with an interview with children’s author/poet Leslie Bulion! (& GIVEAWAY!) – Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

  2. I like that this is from the bird’s own perspective. We have loads of catbirds around here, so I can readily identify with them!

  3. Bridget Magee says:

    Great poem, Michelle! The catbird is in the ‘mewd’ for love. 😉

  4. lindabaie says:

    Love that you gave her the voice, Michelle, & watching the berry snatch!

  5. rosecappelli says:

    I especially love the opening linesin your catbird poem – so inviting!

  6. Thanks for including the video! Definitely will pay more attention now to the backside of birds!

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Your project sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing this poem from your WIP with us.

  8. jama says:

    Love your poem — so utterly charming. The first person POV really draws the reader in; great how you wove in all those factual tidbits about catbirds too.

  9. Laura Shovan says:

    I learned so much about cat birds from your poem, Michelle. The phrase “chest nutty” made me smile!

  10. janicescully says:

    Sweety romantic and sporty little guy. Love the video and it’s so useful to see them up close and hear them so clearly.

  11. Fun poem and interesting facts about the Cat Bird, Michelle! I do not know a lot about birds but now, because of you, I knew a little more! Thanks!

  12. I’ve been deeply enjoying birdsong this spring–and trying to stop and focus on it for a bit when I’m outside. So I loved your video to bring it inside. The wonderful sounds in your poem do justice to the birds.

  13. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for teaching me something new about catbirds! I had to watch the video to verify what I read in your poem…fascinating!

  14. You sure did pack a lot of information into those three stanzas! I’m intrigued and and off to learn more. 🙂

  15. Denise Krebs says:

    Love that gray catbird poem, Michelle. I feel like we can relate to these sweet bird couples who stay together. You have captured that so well in your poem. I’m looking forward to your book of bird poems someday.

  16. My goodness, that had me giggling, Michelle. You’ve packed in so much in such a lovely, slightly humorous way. “Take a peek below my privates,” tee hee!

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