Poetry Friday–Roundup Is Here! Dads Day

My painting above, Three Sailboats, © Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil, is available in my Etsy Shop in three versions… as an archival print, a set of bookmarks, and as a sketchbook and journal.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Happy Dad’s Day!

& Happy Summer!

The Poetry Friday Roundup is here! Please add your posts to Mister Linky below… I’m looking forward to getting around and reading all of your poetry posts throughout the weekend. Friday morning I’ll be teaching and anticipating your poems on my return…

I’m celebrating Father’s Day with a poem for my Dad, which is also a universal poem for Dads and daughters. My dad and I had a close relationship. While I think about him often, I especially like to think about him a bit more around Father’s Day. We were mutual fans of each other, and shared common interests–music, art, nature, politics, and tennis–when we could still both play!

INTERTWINING CONNECTIONS
For Dad


Dads and daughters
do-si-do
round off edges
as time goes…˜

Daughters and dads
do-si-do
kindred passions
grow and flow.

Dads and daughters
hop, skip, l-e-a-p
mingled feelings
reach sky-peaks…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan
draft

Some music…

And one more…

Phillis Levin’s poem ANNE FRANK’S HIGH HEELS landed in my email this morning. I liked the distraction the poem offers in the horridness of the war, and as we have a constant barrage of horridness today, I thought I’d share it with you…

ANNE FRANK’S HIGH HEELS
by Phillis Levin

When Miep took us home with her
She held us up in the air,

Eye-level with those eyes
You may know, eyes spelling

Sorrow-girl, wait-for-me,
Happiness-around-a-corner-

One-day, hurry-back, don’t-tell.
Two new hands took us in,

Skin cradling skin.
How empty we had been,

Read the rest of the poem here.

Add your posts to Mister Linky here:

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 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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27 Responses to Poetry Friday–Roundup Is Here! Dads Day

  1. Bridget Magee says:

    Thanks for hosting,Michelle! Love your do-si-do dad tribute poem. My dad was a girl-dad 7 times over (+3 boys!) and my hubs is dad to our two girls. It takes a special fella to parent strong women. Yay for dads! ❤

    • cvarsalona says:

      Michelle, you start your post with beauty, add a lovely tribute poem and lively music. Then, you bring us back to historical time period. Thanks for hosting. I wrote about Sierra’s birthday and shared your lovely card. Many thanks.

  2. jama says:

    What a fun post! “Three Sailboats” is gorgeous and I love the joyous Dad poem (time to dance!). Also enjoyed the videos (homemade instruments?). I remember you play the banjo – now you need your own banjo band. 🙂 “Anne Frank’s High Heels” feels wistful, poignant, yet hopeful. Thanks for sharing all and for hosting this week!!

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  4. Both wonderfully thoughtful poems, Michelle. I love your “do-si-do” dance, representative of the movement of life and love.

    Thanks for sharing – and for hosting!

  5. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Thanks for these poems and art, Michelle. The dancing dad, the red shoes, the rhythm of the bands all strike a chord (pun slightly intended.) Art to fill the soul. Thanks also for hosting.

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  7. rosecappelli says:

    Your post is filled with rhythm and music, Michelle. Your tribute to your Dad is so heartful and joyous. Thank you for sharing music in sound and words.

  8. Karen Edmisten says:

    Oh, Michelle, love this! What a lovely tribute. “Dads and daughters….” That’s been my husband’s experience! 🙂 ❤️ Thanks for hosting this week!

  9. I especially liked the Miep Gies reference in the Anne Frank poem. Enjoyed the Father’s day poem as well. Thanks for hosting this week. https://dave-homeschooldad.blogspot.com/2022/06/i-cant-skip.html

  10. lindabaie says:

    Michelle, love the sailing painting and every other part of your post, the ‘do-si-do’ with you and your father, the poignant poem , “Anne Frank’s High Heels” & have loved reading Miep’s story, too. The music, like all your post, is so full of joy and fun. Thanks for hosting!

  11. What an eclectic offering, Michelle. The arts are richly revealed in your post as host! From your painting, to your poem about your Dad, to vibrant music and the diverting Anne Frank poem, I sense the joy you are sharing. Thanks for hosting.

  12. Linda Mitchell says:

    Good Morning, Michelle! Thank you for hosting and sharing a poem with the word, “do-si-do” in it. I love it! Fathers and daughters do have a special bond. Your poem brings me right into that. Well done! And, I love those sailboats. You must have fun while painting…all your paintings have such color joy in them.

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  15. Elisabeth says:

    Your artwork is beautiful and I love your poem celebrating parenthood throughout a life time. Perfect inspiration for this Father’s Day weekend. Thanks for hosting us today!

  16. O Michelle, I LOVE that 3 sailboats painting! Gorgeous! Thank you for all the dad thoughts, too. xo

  17. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for hosting! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  18. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, you start your post with beauty, add a lovely tribute poem and lively music. Then, you bring us back to historical time period. Thanks for hosting. I wrote about Sierra’s birthday and shared your lovely card. Many thanks.

  19. Thank you for rounding up today. A book I mention this morning goes right with your do-si-do Father’s Day theme! Your poem is a lovely way to start Poetry Friday.

  20. Tabatha says:

    Thank you for the art, music, poetry, and hosting Michelle! Your poem and Levin’s both have wonderful musicality. xo

  21. maryleehahn says:

    Thanks for hosting, Michelle! I love your painting, your dad-and-daughter poem, the banjo music, and the Anne Frank poem.

  22. Thank you for hosting us this week, Michelle! Your Father’s Day poem and the videos make me want to get up and dance!

  23. janicescully says:

    The idea in your poem of fathers and daughters round off edges as they go seemed was so true for me. Thanks for sharing the Kachamba Brothers! Such a clever and fun performance. Your art and everything about this post was inspiring, Michelle.

  24. Ahh, dads and daughters… I love the image of do-si-do; my dad was a square-dancer and I remember my delight when his hands encased my own and he would spin me around the floor. Thank you, Michelle!

  25. Thanks for hosting this week! I love the “do-si-do” lines!

  26. margaretsmn says:

    I had a good relationship with my dad too. I love how the do-si-do adds rhythm to your rhymes. I have been visiting my mother this weekend and forgot to add my post to the link up. Better late than never. Thanks for hosting.

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