Poetry Friday— Endings & Beginnings…

WIP, August Summer Garden, Endings & Beginnings… © 2022 Michelle Kogan, pencil drawing.

Happy Poetry Friday and Welcome September…


Endings and
Does nature have a beginning
what about beauty…
Can we get caught up
in a field of fall flowers
tall grasses intertwined
bees anxious for their
last bit of summer nectar–

Watch bee–
As she disappears
into that flower’s love chamber
and rambles in and out of another.
She’s slowing down,
getting sleepy
catching a few z’s on a leaf,
watch her…

How about those curves
only created by nature,
only to dissolve
worn out with late
season’s tears and toils,
new seeds—
Nasturtiums, susies, marigolds
for next season’s

Are you
breathless yet,
from nature’s rapture…

Turning, churning
summer season
slipping into fall

put aside some
momentary minutes
breathe in summer’s

last breath—
As her season
slumbers out

Breathe in Fall’s
first breath
of new beginnings
and unknown

© 2022 Michelle Kogan

Lovely, literary, Linda Baie is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Linda!
Visit her blog: Teacher Dance, for her poems and many more.

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— Endings & Beginnings…

  1. Sally Murphy says:

    This is lovely Michelle. It is making me smile reading about summer ending over there, when I am busily celebrating the arrival of Spring. Together this reminds me about the amazing cycles of life – and the world.

  2. Beautiful! I have paid particular attention to my garden this past month, watching it wind down so that new can begin… thank you! Also, you’ve just reminded me that I need to learn Flight of the Bumblebee on my cello. 🙂 xo

  3. lindabaie says:

    There are so many phrases to love in your poem, Michelle, like “breathe in summer’s
    last breath—” and the idea of bees being anxious to grab the last bit. As I watch in my garden, I will think of those busy bees. The drawing is lovely, watching, taking it all in. Thank you!

  4. margaretsmn says:

    Wonderful change of season poem, to watch the bee slow down, the seeds fall, the first breath of fall, all waiting for us to notice.

  5. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh my goodness….that piano playing. How does she do that? She must be part bee! What a delicate turn your poem brings to life. The slowing down, the dissolving. I can’t help but think of aging in humans too. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  6. heidimordhorst says:

    Lovely, Michelle–I especially love just the simple pausing question in the middle: “Are you
    breathless yet”?
    I wrote one yesterday about not being done drowning yet, in summer’s cauldron.

  7. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I listened to the piano play while reading your poem. I saw a similar scene at a nursery: a bee digging into the core of flowers to enjoy the nectar and then, moving on to another. I was transfixed. This weekend, I am “breathing in summer’s last breath”. September will move me on awaiting fall’s breath. Thanks for a look into an artist/poet’s look at summer.

  8. mbhmaine says:

    I love how your poem focuses on the cusp as one season transitions in the next and the question “are you breathless yet?” Wonderful, Michelle!

  9. What a beautiful poem, paired with both your art and the music! I want to be with the bee in that “field of fall flowers”.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    No matter how hard we try to capture moments that are beginnings or endings, they really don’t exist, do they? Or maybe they are the same things…

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