Poetry Friday–Window Bays

Spring Milkweed, detail, WIP, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, oil on canvas.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’ve had a week off between my Spring and Summer Teaching. So, morning Light and I played with words, and momentarily camouflaged the ever present din that seems to wrap around us…

I woke with a poem line and followed the line into

my bedroom which has a bay in it
with two angled window walls…

My bay shades are mostly shut, and
what’s behind lies in your mind
wherever you may go…

On sunny morns light breaks in
behind the shade and calls me out of bed.
When overcast and dreary, sleepy light invites
slumber through peculiar morning dreams.

Yet clear or clouds
there’s almost always birdsong,
beyond those image–creating bays

and multi-layer story-songs
sift through those window bays.

© Michelle Kogan

Here’s a new postcard turned Birthday card I just posted in my Etsy Shop, especially for folks with June Birthdays. And many thanks to Carol Varsalona who was looking for a fairy card for her granddaughter!

Buffy Silverman at her blog Buffy Silverman Children’s Author is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Buffy! Buffy’s written a poem about a favorite wildflower of hers… stop on by to see what it is and check out many more poetry blogs.

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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–Window Bays

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    oooohhh, what a great line to wake up with it. I like “has a bay” in it. It makes me consider the many meanings of bay for a beat. Love that. Enjoy your week. I know you work hard!

  2. Isn’t waking with a poem the BEST?! Thank you Michelle for all this beauty. xo

  3. lindabaie says:

    How wonderful to write about your special window bay, Michelle. I love “what’s behind lies in your mind”. Wishing you more light this coming weekend, through the bay!

  4. jama says:

    Fun poem — nothing nicer than waking with morning light and inspiration for a poem. Thanks for sharing CBR — I’ve always loved that song but had never seen the video. A welcome bit of sunshiny optimism!!

  5. I’m with Linda – I love the idea of what’s behind lies in your mind. Could be interpreted so many ways and yet is so true and universal. Wonderful!

  6. Thanks for showing us your early morning room–love the ever-present bird song. And the beautiful light in your milkweed painting!

  7. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I was so excited to receive your package and did not have time to write a thank you. The grandgirls are here and we are grandparent babysitting so I am totally consumed with the girls. Sierra has decided that we should bake a cake for her birthday. We are having a small party for her when her parents arrive tomorrow and a larger one next weekend. I can’t wait until she opens your card. Thanks for sharing the card in your post. I plan on sharing it on mine, too. It’s great to have a poet-artist friend.

  8. maryleehahn says:

    Oh, the birds on the other side of the shades! I have to remember to love them now, in this season of song, because I’ll miss them when the world is cold and silent in the morning light…but do they have to sing QUITE so early?!?!? 🙂

  9. Elisabeth says:

    We’ve just returned from a walk where we listened to birdsong in the forest, so I love these how you describe birdsong as “multi-layer story-songs.”
    Beautiful language throughout this poem – you’ve painted a picture with your words as lovely as the pictures you paint. Thanks for sharing with us!

  10. Bridget Magee says:

    Feeling the warmth of your poem, Michelle. ❤

  11. I have a bedroom that teases morning light – sunny and dappled, muted and gray, whatever the morning wants. Thank you for putting this light into a poem.

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