Poetry Friday–Firefly, Acrostic Maya Angelou, & New Pomelo book–THINGS WE FEEL

Firefly and Susie, Michelle Kogan

hey firefly…
you lift my night and sparkles
fill me inside

© Michelle Kogan


This month the Poetry Sister’s challenge for the month of July was to write an acrostic poem taken from Maya Angelou’s poem STILL I RISE–the line I used is “Still I’ll rise. Thank you to all the sister’s Tanita, Laura, Mary Lee, Sara, Liz, Andi, and Tricia. Find more of these poems tagged #Poetrypals.


Seal your eyes with summer’s breeze
Till tingles touch and free your woes,
Indulge in midday respite rest and
Lose yourself in shadow-shade-waves.
Linger while clouds camouflage light on
Incandescent dimmers moving up and down,
Listen deep within as still-
Laced leaves dance on tippy top branches barely
Rise, but stir your eye
In effort to stir your heart and fill your
Soul with desire and passion, and
Encourage you, us, all to carry on.

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

For all who followed me last week… My husband is now testing negative for Covid and I’ve continued to test negative, but we are still keeping a good distance for yet a bit longer to ensure a rebound doesn’t occur. Looking forward to unmasking in my home.

So, here’s some positive, happy music…

And, some more happy news…

I’m delighted to share that I have a poem in Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell’s new poetry anthology, THINGS WE FEEL! I loved the adventure of being involved in this books creation. Sending Oodles of appreciations to Janet and Sylvia!!! The book is available at Amazon, Bookshop, and Pomelo Books.

By Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong
Pomelo Books
“100% of the profits will be donated to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund (IBBY.org)”

Marcie Flinchum Atkins at her blog Marcie Flinchum Atkins Children’s and YA Writer, is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week, thanks Marcie! She’s trying on the Sealey challenge for the month of August, which involves reading one poetry book each day–Wow!!! Be sure to stop by and view her burgeoning book stack…

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–Firefly, Acrostic Maya Angelou, & New Pomelo book–THINGS WE FEEL

  1. tee+d says:

    Love that haiku and accompanying photograph. I never did get any good pictures of fireflies when we were in Virginia; they’re all kind of a streaky blur.

    Congratulations on having a poem included in what promises to be a fabulous anthology! And I’m so glad to hear all tests are negative now. Masking at home is just THE WORST, isn’t it!? Here’s to rising and stirring our eyes and hearts toward happier things.

  2. Woohoo! So much good news! My hubby was able to escape COVID even though I had it. So glad you are testing negative still. And so glad to have a poem alongside yours in THINGS WE FEEL. I’ll be posting about it next week. 🙂

  3. My Nevermore’s group challenged us with an acrostic poem too – and I’m finding it harder than I thought! Love yours! And I echo the delight in being part of the THINGS WE FEEL poet famiy! Congrats!

  4. So much to love here, Michelle! I extra connect to the ” still-
    Laced leaves dance on tippy top branches barely
    Rise, but stir your eye
    In effort to stir your heart” — the repetition, the joy. Delightful! Congrats on all the good news, too!

  5. janicescully says:

    This video of Dione Warwick had to be heard several times! Incredible. Love your poem with its “marching miniature world” in Things We Feel. Congratulations! Such a great series. Your entire post took me away from all worries and I’m grateful for that.

  6. Congratulations, Michelle! Love your “Curious” poem! Janet and Sylvia are wonderful! I learned so much from them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Linda Mitchell says:

    Hooray for ‘Curious’! What great news.
    This line…”Rise, but stir your eye” is lovely. Summer is a bit of magic, isn’t it? Glad to hear you haven’t got the disease that shall not be named by me. I’m sitting in an airport right now with fingers crossed I can get home well.

  8. mbhmaine says:

    Congratulations on your publication and on those continued negative Covid tests. Fingers crossed that the latter continues. I love your haiku and the idea of filling with sparkles. That’s what summer’s all about!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I am here to finally leave my comment although I read your post at the PF Roundup. Your haiku is joyful (sparkles/fill me inside). Nature’s Salve is a beautiful title for such an evocative poem. Congratulations on having a poem in Janet and Sylvia’s new anthology.

  10. cvarsalona says:

    I did try the #PoetryPals challenge tonight after a few days of struggling with the lines. It is at https://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2022/08/reflect-recharge-rise-poetrypals.html.

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