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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Love these, Michelle, especially the wordplay in the first like ‘warm-air wind-shift’ and ‘duo-tone dance.’ Thanks for sharing!
Lovely poems, Michelle. I’m seeing duo-tone leaves dance right outside my window today. Sweet pic of you and your Dad. Love your tradition of remembering him each year with a poem on his birthday.
I’m repeating Matt & Jama, Michelle. I, too, love those hyphenated words & the sweetness of the poem for your dad, that word “marveled”!
Add me to the list of fans of your hyphenated words in your first haiku. Your second haiku brought tears to my eyes. I’m approaching the first anniversary of my father’s death and shortly before that his first birthday without him. “dad’s day minus dad” Oh. I love that you remember your father with a poem each year. What a warm and wonderful thing to do.
My father passed shortly after his birthday too, so for me it all kinda mixes together. Sending some hugs your way, xox.
You’ve got me thinking about pumpkin smiles (what other words to describe, but none better than “politic”) and memories of my father (whose been gone almost 30 years now)…
love “pumpkin politic-smiles” — so perfect right now in our election season…
but my heart swells with your haiku for your dad. lovely.
Lovely , Michelle. Your Dad had a lovely smile and there is so much joy with the sadness here. “Marveled “ is an interesting and intriguing word alongside memories.
What a touching tribute to your dad. I love the photo of you two “warm-air wind-shift”, I was feeling that yesterday. There is change coming. The wind told me. (even if I woke to 66 degrees this morning!)
Oh, that Dad poem hits hard. What a wonderful photo and shout out to your Dad.