Sunflowers in Blue Field, © 2022 Michelle Kogan, pen & ink & gouache.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m thinking and channeling blue…

And today I’m sharing a poem from Reflections on the Teche, Margaret Simon’s blog post of yesterday for, This Photo Wants to be a Poem. It was a photo from a former student of Margaret’s, of a gorgeous field of sunflowers… Go check it out and all the lovely poems that were written there–many thanks Margaret!

Sunflower field’s buzz
Like people gathering
Ritual sunrise,
Keep blossoms opening
Open our eyes, hearts—Vote!
©️ 2022 Michelle Kogan draft

The multi-talented Bridget Magee is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Wee Words for Wee Ones. She’s celebrating her Birthday, her first Anniversary of her poetry book, 10 • 10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways, and a bunch more, so be sure to stop by her post!


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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14 Responses to Poetry Friday–THINK BLUE-VOTE BLUE

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for the shout out. Love your illustration. I wish the sunflowers could vote because we know what they stand for. Peace!

  2. Bridget Magee says:

    You couldn’t have ‘picked’ a better metaphor for the privilege of voting, Michelle. “Open our eyes – hearts” – yes! And your sunflowers in blue field…swoon!
    I’m happy to still be able to exercise my right (and responsibility) to vote abroad. My hubs and I cast our ballot this week. 🙂

  3. Linda Mitchell says:

    Yes, ma’am! What a creative and beautiful way to get out the VOTE!

  4. janicescully says:

    Yes, VOTE! I will. I can’t wait to cast my ballot and hope early voters keep buzzing at the polls. Love your flowers and blue background.

  5. heidimordhorst says:

    Wonderful! Blue fields everywhere, please, and sunflowers with pens in their hands! I borrowed your reminder and updated my post–thanks!

  6. Linda says:

    So beautiful! You are so talented!

  7. lindabaie says:

    Yes! Like others, wishing those sunflowers would cast their votes yet they do bring sunshine days as your poem does. My ballot arrived yesterday, Michelle! Thanks for the shout!

  8. jama says:

    Hooray for channeling the BLUE this week (I voted early). 🙂 Yes to sunflowers, poetry, and lovely art (I also vote for you !

  9. Love the sunflower illustration and your peaceful action poem, Michelle! Nature Rule!!! I hope it guides some on their voting! Thanks!

  10. There’s something about that ritual sunrise that really echoes in my head. And the blue wash behind the sunflowers. Love!

  11. Thank you for sharing your art and urgent message to Vote Blue!

  12. maryleehahn says:

    Yes to the hope, yes to the turn towards the light of democracy, yes to the VOTE! (We did last week, and we signed up to be poll workers on 11/8!)

  13. Cathy M. says:

    Blue isn’t always sad. What a lovely reminder.

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