what will you find… susie’s leaves,
milkweed sprouts, and bee
© 2022 Michelle Kogan
Happy Poetry Friday!
My poems today come from Margaret Simon’s post yesterday, for This Photo Wants to be a Poem.
Thanks Margaret for taking time to stop on your way to teach, and capture this photo for all of us to ponder! And there’s a bevy of handsome poems on Margaret’s site too. My response poem is below, though I thought I’d include an image of where our Susie’s are in Chicago… They’re not quite as far along, but they’re working hard, hence my image and haiku above.
Feel Black-eyed Suzie’s
Burnt sienna old barn, and
kiss her dried out edges
as she playfully moves
up and down barns
creating her dense golden-crown mass
among field’s tree-lined horizon…
Cross a patch
of sap green grass
for one more grand mass
of Suzie’s golden grandeur,
dotted with deep warm-brown variegated heads
moving our eye this way and that
like a group of chattering school girls
who take our breath away
with their uninhibited
© 2022 Michelle Kogan
I heard on NPR’s 1A, with host Jenn White, an interview with Jelani Cobb, who was just appointed as the incoming Dean at Columbia School of Journalism, and will begin this endeavor later this summer. And also Kelly McBride, she’s one of NPR’s Public Editors “and Chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at The Poynter Institute.” They were talking about the shootings that just occurred last week in Buffalo NY. Someone brought up, “news coverage has been neutral” and “especially on public radio.” A discussion of “neutral harbingers of situations” began, and I added a couple of words to their discussion, Are we neutral harbingers of racial divisive situations—I think a poem is rolling around in there…The NPR 1A above, is a link to a podcast of the interview. Cobb also mentioned a book I’m going to check out, A Field Guide to White Supremacy, by Kathleen Belew.
Sending thoughts and prayers to all involved last week and hopes for actions of change to come soon.
Carmela Martino at her joint-authored blog Teaching Authors, is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday roundup, thanks Carmela—Be sure to stop by for your fill of poetry!