Poetry Friday–short poem, short post

Happy Poetry Friday!

Here’s to a New Year and a New first poem…

My tanka poem was inspired by Margaret Simon’s This Photo Wants to Be A Poem, post this week, thanks Margaret and for the photo too! Stop by Margaret’s post for additional poems inspired by the lovely “Mossy branch!”

Mossy branch, by Henry Cancienne.

Tendrils of mossy
greenness meander amongst
morning dewdrops and
spew celebratory
sparkles for our new year!

© 2022 Michelle Kogan   draft

Here’s the beginning of a poem I liked reading this week from the Poetry Foundation. It’s by Bert Meyers, a poet who is new to me and whom I would enjoy reading more of.

by Bert Meyers

I earn a living
and I have a family
but to tell the truth
I’m a wild olive tree

I like cognac
and a proud Jewish song
I live wherever
I don’t belong

Read the rest of the poem here.

Catherine Flynn at her blog Reading to the Core is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Catherine! Catherine is sharing a poem from her poetry group the Inkling’s that began from the idea about Change and transformed from there… Be sure to stop by!

And as for me, I will be almost invisible this weekend as I mentioned last week I’m teaching a 2-weekend Color Theory class starting tomorrow night…

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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13 Responses to Poetry Friday–short poem, short post

  1. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love those celebratory sparkles for the new year!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for sharing this sweet sparkly poem. Happy New Year! I wish I could take your art class.

  3. lindabaie says:

    Happy New Year, Michelle. I love the sparkles in your poem and in the photo! Thanks for the 2nd poem, too, a contradictory outlook that seems very honest! Enjoy your class!

  4. rosecappelli says:

    Here’s to a sparkling new year! Enjoy the class.

  5. maryleehahn says:

    Happy New Year and Happy Teaching!

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I did not think you would have time to join Poetry Friday this week so I am delighted to read your post. Your short poem is full of sparkle and I did enjoy the last poem. I have never read this author’s work before. Have a great class.

  7. Linda Mitchell says:

    How lovely that moss branch in all its sparkly goodness. Tanka looks good with that photo. ‘Signature’ is good. I love how it’s thoughtful without any fancy words…just bare bones good philosophy. I’d love to read more of this poet too. If you find more of his work, please share!

  8. What a joyful sparkler, your poem paired with the photo! And thank you for sharing Bert Meyers! I look forward to more of his words.

  9. jone says:

    This: spew celebratory sparkles. I love the photo. Happy New Year.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I really enjoyed the word choice in your tanka. Best of luck with your class !

  11. katswhiskers says:

    Oooh. I love your mossy celebrations, Michelle. Hoping classes have been fun/rewarding/inspiring! Sharing passion is a beautiful feeling.

  12. Thank you for sharing your “celebratory sparkles,” Michelle! Happy New Year!

  13. heidimordhorst says:

    I like spewing sparkles, Michelle–I hope your new year has plenty of sparkles!

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