Poetry Friday–

Happy Poetry Friday!

The fall colors we’ve had in Chicago have been spectacular! I walked by this tree (above) a few days ago and was so taken by it, I don’t know why I didn’t take it’s picture then… I walked over to capture it and it’s not quite as spectacular but it still has so many hues within one tree, and it inspired my poem.

Halloween eve

sat dressed in her
finery, fire-orange
each tree painted
glittered their

Air stirred
with stillness
and  just
an occasional
calm now—
But, what
lies ahead
down this
What semblance
of balance
will remain
or fall
with each
falling leaf.

Nature’s prayer—
Earth’s crying
“come together,
hear my cries
hear each other—
Listen for
falling leaves,
wind chimes,
other voices
Be Human—
Listen for

© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft

fall’s last heavenly
blue, reminding you
cast your ballot blue!

© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft


Heidi Mordhorst at her lyrical and environmentally info-packed blog My Juicy Little Universe is our host for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Heide!

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–

  1. margaretsmn says:

    What a lovely pairing of fall poems. All those colors and how they beg us to listen to nature’s call for peace.

  2. heidimordhorst says:

    Michelle, you and I have the same “trouble”–whatever it is we’re seeing, it reminds us somehow of the whole, of the need to act. I ADORE that first stanza, every single word of it.

  3. Nature’s prayer…lovely! And I’m with Heidi on that first stanza. Gorgeous language and images! xo

  4. lindabaie says:

    Our fall has been amazing, too, Michelle. I love that you captured our uneasy times as the tree moved through its stages, too. And that “heavenly blue” makes me so full of hope for “coming together”. Thank you!

  5. jama says:

    Yes, BE HUMAN. Tragic how many have forgotten what that truly means. Chiming in with the others on the specialness of that first stanza. Crackling language! Thanks for the gorgeous foliage photos too. 🙂

  6. Ah, yes! Listen for humanity! That is a wonderful line, Michelle. So apropos for our coming week. Thank you for your beautiful poem that speaks of so much more than a colorful tree.

  7. tee+d says:

    As the leaves fall, things shift and change. May we find our balance and ever remember to human. Lovely, Michelle.

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, the touch of autumn is alive in your poem as is your call to action, Be Human—
    Listen for
    Vote blue-Yes indeed!
    Thanks for your magical and inspiring words.

  9. All those gorgeous, warm, falling fall colors leading us to blue – let’s hope! It’s a different kind of year this year for sure. Love the image of Halloween eve dressed in finery. Thanks for all!

  10. jone says:

    Oh that morning glory! I am on pins and needles about the vote. My husband and I have done our part. Now we wait and hope.

  11. maryleehahn says:

    Such a poignant plea. Like Jone says, do your part, then hope and wait. And hope some more…

  12. Linda Mitchell says:

    “nature’s prayer…be human…come together…listen” such beautiful words in this poem. Thank you. I have VOTED!

  13. So much here! Wordwise, I just love ” fire-orange
    pumpkin-poised, ” – gorgeous!

  14. Sarah Tuttle says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely poem and photo! I especially love the phrase “pumpkin-poised” … how perfect! 🙂

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