Poetry Friday- Climate Change–Metaphor Dice Poem

Happy Poetry Friday


National Poetry Month!

Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog, Jone Rush MacCulloch. She has a treasure trove of bubbling poetry goodness to offer, so do stop by her post.

Yikes… the Progressive Poem is quickly coming to it’s conclusion, and will be doing that right here on my post tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th. I’m including a list of the stops below.

Whoah! where did this month g-o-o-o-o-! Well wherever it skedaddled off to I did have fun with this challenging poetry prompt from the Poetry Sisters to create a metaphor dice poem in the style of Taylor Mali. Many Thanks to you all, Tanita, Mary Lee, Laura, Liz, Andi, Sara, and Tricia. And to find more of these poems look for them tagged with #PoetryPals. My poem’s path lead me on a more serious route…
And my words from the metaphor dice are: Loss/Flawed/Lens.


Loss closes a flawed lens
of ill-managed, missed opportunities
for earth’s climate, racing to survive.

Ouch, hurry—
We can still help, and keep
our earth’s celsius temps
from climbing even higher.

Take one baby step:
Visit: UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
find different ways to help.
Take one more baby step,
Visit an offshoot of UNEP:
Count Us In
And pick a project to begin.
Download a copy of the
IPCC Sixth Assessment Report,
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Yes, it’s long, skim it,
ponder it, read parts.  

I’m like you–
Your average overwhelmed individual.
But hey, we can do this together.
Remember—Take one baby step,
Go For It
we only have

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

Here are a couple new Mother’s Day Cards that are available in my online Etsy Shop.

The Cards are: Lavender and Bee Mother’s Day and Geraniums on Unryu paper. Both cards have a haiku on the back.

One parting thought… Avian Bird-flu is spreading through different parts of the US. It’s been recommended in my area Chicago, that we unfortunately stop feeding and providing birdbaths until at least the end of May. They don’t think it’s affecting songbirds, but they want us to help out to keep the flu from growing and getting even larger. I read that it’s okay to have your hummingbird feeders out though. I look forward to replacing water for the birds when I can. Here’s a link to an article specific to Illinois: “Take Down Bird Feeders, Baths Until Threat of Bird Flu Passes, Illinois Wildlife Officials Say”

2022 Progressive Poem Stops:

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 Blog 
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

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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10 Responses to Poetry Friday- Climate Change–Metaphor Dice Poem

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    What beauty I find here. Thank you for that, Michelle. And, if I had any idea where April went…I think I could make some $$. My goodness…whoosh! I know someone here that has avian bird flu. I’m so sad for our birds and just how our world keeps trying to get our attention and we humans as a species are so slow to “get it.” Hooray for the Progressive Poem progress. You are a spectacular “clean up” batter in our dug-out.

  2. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    Yes, I love this. And thanks for the bird feeder reminder. So sad!

  3. janicescully says:

    The “Count Us In” page is a great reminder of all the small things I can do better. This is a great post!

  4. lindabaie says:

    Love that you included the links inside your poem, Michelle. We all need to take those baby steps & more! We have the information, we all can make change! Yes, April flew!

  5. jama says:

    Clever to include links in your poem, Michelle. The climate crisis feels so overwhelming — but you’re right, one baby step at a time. It counts!

  6. Ok, kudos for finding a way to work hyperlinks into your poem! I’m off now to click on them and explore my next baby step!

  7. tee+d says:

    BRILLIANT idea to use the metaphor dice, Michelle! And thank you so much for the “most information” aspect of your climate response — it’s too easy to get overwhelmed, but information gives us a direction to take that “one small step.” Happy Weekend!

  8. That’s April for you, the quickest flying month of the year! It flies on the wings of poetry, right? Your poem offers wonderful advice. 🙂 Our feeder is getting a workout this spring. You can send your birds our way!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I have to do reading and commenting in stages these days because of the exhaustion related from long periods of reading and writing. Today is the day, I comment, Yesterday, I read your post but fell asleep shortly after. Michelle, your poem is filled with wonderful links and the video was so chock-full of information. Thank you for all of this and a beautiful peek into your current Etsy items. I just sent off my Metaphor Dice entries.

  10. April sure did skedaddle, didn’t it? I use that word ALL THE TIME with my Kindergarteners and it makes them laugh. I sure do hope we aren’t too late to save our lovely big blue marble.

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