Poetry Friday–Summer Garden Treasures, and more “Things We Feel”

Zucchini in My Garden, © 2022 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

This week I’m sharing some treasures from my backyard garden…

ZUCCHINI ODE
(To A Favorite Vegie!)

Zucchini how’d you grow like that?
Curving like a crescent moon.

Maybe you came from up above
from a seed dropped by a dove.

Are you a boomerang in disguise?
Please stay clear of my butterflies.

Did your curvy, wurvy vine
sashay away your straight line?

Your shape doesn’t matter a bit to me,
I’ll eat you now, on the count of three!

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

ocean swept through my
yard–waves moved up and down
summer-flutter calm…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan
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Sending thanks out to Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell for this lovely book plus package that arrived today–it’s brimming with creative poems, good vibes, and dashing color! Visit Pomelo books to pick one up!

Molly Hogan at her blog Nix the Comfort Zone, is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Molly! She’s sharing some baseball poems pitched to us with a slight curve as she’s not a baseball fan–though her poems have a feeling for baseball fever so make sure to stop by!

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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11 Responses to Poetry Friday–Summer Garden Treasures, and more “Things We Feel”

  1. Laura Shovan says:

    Michelle, I’m so envious! I love growing zucchini, but the vine borers get to our plants every summer and I’ve given up. The line that made me smile is: “Are you a boomerang in disguise?”

  2. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Michelle, love your question poem and haiku! I especially love “curving like a crescent moon” and “Are you a boomerang in disguise?”. Thank you for the reminder about Things We Feel being published because I have wanted to buy it. Do you have a poem in Things We Feel? I have one in Things We Eat. Aren’t Janet and Slyvia a blast? I have had a lot of fun taking their classes and I have learned a lot. Thank you for sharing your poems, video, books and inspiration. Your garden is beautiful.

  3. OMG, I was so happy to see your zucchini – because I’m growing them for the first time and am delighted mine look like yours! Congrats, too, on THINGS WE FEEL! I’m so “Jealous” that my author copies are delayed (my summer address requires they be forwarded”) – but super excited to be part of this anthology too.

  4. “Are you a boomerang in disguise?” made me smile. I love zucchini and just made zucchini with pasta last night. I also wrote this week about veggies.:)

  5. Love that boomerang and your childlike wonder :>)

  6. Zucchinis are full of surprises, expanding exponentially overnight. Michelle your poem captures this zucchini zest and, you also managed to show us where the wind went with your videos. Life and activity in your garden are most apparent.

  7. mbhmaine says:

    Your garden is flourishing! (Ours has suffered from drought and our negligence.) I love the crescent moon of your zucchini and adore those ocean waves moving through your garden. Thanks for the accompanying video 🙂 Congratulations, too!

  8. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for the peeks into your “ocean-swept” garden! I love the magic of zucchini. One minute they’re a bloom and the next they are ready for your plate!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    After a long weekend with the grandgirls, I finally have time to ease into PF reading. Did your curvy, wurvy vine/ sashay away your straight line?-Love these lines, Michelle, and your videos. Nature hung in there and left summer-flutter calm. Another beautiful post!

  10. Bridget Magee says:

    ‘courgette’ ode, Michelle! 🙂

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