Poetry Friday–Cascade Poem and “Two Truths and a FIB Poetry Anthology”

Veronicas, Bee, Monarch, and Warbler, WIP © 2023 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

My poem comes from the Poetry Sisters prompt to write a cascade poem. In this poem form each line from the first stanza repeats itself in subsequent stanzas, in the third line of each stanza. It was also suggested to create some kind of transformation. Thanks to all the sisters for the prompt:  Laura,  Tanita,  Mary Lee,  Liz,  Kelly,  Tricia,  Sara,  and Andi! Find more of these poems tagged with #PoetryPals. You can follow another transformation occurring in my WIP art as it has grown over the last two weeks…


As a babe we’re hungry as a caterpillar
Unknowingly we’ll do anything to fill that gnawing pang
With desire change may begin.

Some pangs are tamed, some grow discordantly
Nurture/nature walk a fine line while
As a babe we’re hungry as a caterpillar.

Somehow we chrysalis ourselves
Somehow we metamorphosize though
Unknowingly we’ll do anything to fill that gnawing pang.

Tame offers discord a helping hand
Reluctant but tired of pangs, discord does a do-si-do and
With desire change may begin.

© 2022 Michelle Kogan  draft

Whee! Look at this beautiful new book that came out 1•1•23 Two Truths and a FIB Poetry Anthology, edited and compiled by Bridget Magee! Bridget came up with the idea for this book last year when she saw that in January of 2023 it would begin with 1•1•23, which is exactly how the fibonacci sequence begins. This was the kernel for the book, “wouldn’t it be fun to create a poetry anthology that introduces various subjects, a wide variety of poetry forms and amazing poets based on this ice-breaker game with a tie-in to math?” From there her ideas solidified into the title. Her book hosts 29 poets and 30 subjects.
Each poet is given a generous spread of pages, and opens with their subject, i.e. (in my case as I’m very happy to be in this chock-full-of creative poetry goodness book, ) Monarch Butterflies. The next few pages share two truth poems, followed by a FIB, and a fact check for that FIB. But it doesn’t stop there… This is followed by sharing the poet’s poetry forms, and a page introducing the poet. And it still doesn’t stop there, for there’s more clever tidbits from the poet’s in the back of the book. Can you tell I’m a wee bit smitten with this book, 🥰 There’s a good handful of us Poetry Friday poets included in the book in addition to many more. I would encourage you to rush right out and get one! Bridget is also featuring each poet in a blog post and on FB each day for the month of January. Many thanks Bridget for all your efforts in this gorgeous new poetry anthology!

Here’s a sample page with two of my truth poems on Monarch Butterflies. You’ll have to pick up a book to find out what my FIB is… And read many more of the poems!

Two Truths and a FIB Poetry Anthology: A Poetic Introduction to 30 Subjects with a TWIST
edited and compiled by Bridget Magee
wee words for wee ones
Zug, Ch

Jan Godown Annino at her magic-filled poetry blog Bookseedstudio is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Jan! Jan’s sharing the poet, artist and gardener Sharon Lovejoy, be sure to stop by!

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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17 Responses to Poetry Friday–Cascade Poem and “Two Truths and a FIB Poetry Anthology”

  1. Bridget Magee says:

    Thank you for spreading the anthology love, Michelle! And for your brilliant Monarch Butterfly poems! 🙂
    Sharing poetry far and wide ‘sets my desire in motion’. Readers’ enjoyment is icing on the cake (or milkweed in the garden as the case may be 😉 )

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    Oh, you know I love monarchs and your poems. I’m so proud to be among my favorite PF peeps in this book! Every time I attempt the Poetry Sisters challenge I seem to miss some part of the instructions. This time it was the word transformation. I love how your poem uses the metaphor of the hungry caterpillar to transform into who we are meant to be.

  4. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    I love that you cascaded with us! And using the butterfly becoming as a metaphor is so lovely and rich. Thank you!

  5. jama says:

    Enjoyed the butterfly richness of this post, Michelle. The chrysalis is of course the perfect metaphor for change/transformation. Congrats on being in Bridget’s new anthology. Love monarch butterflies (thanks for the drawing too!).

  6. tanita says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely poetry-fib collaboration. That is gorgeous and looks like such fun! And thanks for joining the cascade fun this week. I love the image of “hungry as a caterpillar.” That is indeed fitting for so many season of change!

  7. maryleehahn says:

    No better topic for a cascade on the topic of transformation than butterflies! You surely have enough butterfly poems by now for a collection? And plenty of fantastic illustrations, too!!

  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Two wonderful monarch poems. I am looking forward to reading and learning from the anthology. And your cascade poem continues the theme and takes it even further.

  9. Michelle, I enjoyed your poem and its analgous connection to nature. Pangs, indeed. They seem to transform and persist as we grow and move through our lives. Love the line- ‘with desire change may begin.’ Congratulations on the new anthology and your poetic contribution. A time for celebration for all contributors.

  10. Sally Murphy says:

    I am really enjoying all the cascade poems and how different each one is. I love the metaphors for change here.

  11. lindabaie says:

    Love the drawing, Michelle, and I have read your poem(s) in the anthology. It is a wonder, as are your poems! In the cascade poem, I love the subtle changes in “With desire change may begin” as if it’s giving permission a bit of a time. This “cascade” prompt has brought out interesting POVs!

  12. Linda Mitchell says:

    Ooooooooh! These cascade poems are so fun. And, I love your line, “as a babe, we are hungry as a caterpillar.” It’s a great form for a growing idea…and making chrysalis a verb is brilliant.

  13. heidimordhorst says:

    Michelle, I like the connection between your cascade and your Fib poems–you are truly a champion of monarchs! The word “pang” is so perfect here.

  14. Looking forward to reading this anthology. And I loved this line in your poem: “we chrysalis ourselves.” Great image created!

  15. I just got my copy of FIB and will dive in this week! Yay! Your monarchs and milkweed are heart wrenching.

  16. Karen Edmisten says:

    Yay for the new anthology! Love the theme of desire and change in your Cascade. Here’s to your year of exploring Transformation!

  17. Laura Shovan says:

    “Somehow we chrysalis ourselves” — so true. It’s no less magical than a butterfly’s transformation.

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