Poetry Friday–Nature…

Salish Sea Tidal Pool, Adobe image.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Margaret Simon shared an intriguing image from the Salish Sea this week for her THIS PHOTO WANTS TO BE A POEM post. I was so taken by the name Salish Sea, I had to look it up and see what this place looked like, it’s gorgeous. This is one of the images I found but I didn’t know if I could share it, it’s published by the magazine and site, Salish Magazine. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to participate in Margaret’s post, but was inspired to write a poem, thanks–and thanks also for hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at your blog Reflections of the Teche!


Salish Sea
come to me

Unlock treasures
I can’t see.

Tidal pools
filled with jewels

Saucy waves
hide miniature caves.

Salish Sea
filled with…
and miles and miles and miles of sea
do unveil your potpourri…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

This wonderful poem by Jorge Carrera Andrade landed in my email on Wednesday, from the Poetry Foundation…

Jorge Carrera Andrade
Translated by Steven Ford Brown

I was born in the century of the death of the rose
when the motor had already driven out the angels.
Quito watched as the last stagecoach rolled away,
and at its passing the trees ran past in perfect order,
and also the hedges and houses of new parishes,
at the threshold of the countryside
where cows were slowly chewing silence
as wind spurred on its swift horses.

My mother, clothed in the setting sun,
stored her youth deep in a guitar,
and only on certain evenings would she show it to her children,
wrapped in music, light, and words.
I loved the hydrography of rain,
yellow fleas on apple trees,
and toads that rang two or three times
their thick wooden bells.

The great sail of the air maneuvered endlessly.
The cordillera was a shore of the sky.
A storm came, and as drums rolled
its drenched regiments charged;
but then the sun’s golden patrols

Read the rest of the poem 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 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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8 Responses to Poetry Friday–Nature…

  1. lindabaie says:

    I read Andrade’s poem this week,too, Michelle, marvelous new ways to look at things. I love “slowly chewing silence”. And your poem about the sea certainly makes me smile, having come from my own “sea” adventure. “unveil your potpourri…” is wonderful! Thanks!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    I’m happy the Salish Sea image inspired you to research further and create this nice nature poem “filled with jewels.”

  3. Tidal pools filled with jewels is wonderful! Thank you, Michelle. xo

  4. I love the image of the Salish Sea as a treasure of potpourri – absolutely inspired!

  5. I love that just the name of the Sea sent you off on a creative adventure… thanks for sharing! And for sharing the gorgeous Poetry Foundation poem, too, though its lushness swirls into a sad ending. Wishing YOU color upon color, which you’ll always make yourself, anyway!

  6. Love your Sea Treasures and I agree, “tidal pools filled with jewels” is just about as perfect as a line of poetry can be.

  7. maryleehahn says:

    Now you have ME curious about the Salish Sea! I want to explore its “potpourri!”

  8. rosecappelli says:

    I can see why you were intrigued. Salish Sea is such fun to say, and “Tidal pools filled with jewels” is a beautiful phrase.

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