Category Archives: Nature

Poetry Friday –Summer Haikus

Happy Poetry Friday, I’m sharing a bit of summer, with some summer haikus. My painting above is a WIP, waiting to be finished.   lilies waiting patiently, while brush captures inspiration. © 2017 Michelle Kogan A bonus haiku while thinking … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Macaroni & Chewy Cheese

I’m featuring silly limericks today for Poetry Friday. I heard through the grapevine that July 14th is National Macaroni and Cheese Day. Tabatha Yeatts, at The Opposite of Indifference, our Poetry Friday host extraordinaire put out a call for Mac … Continue reading

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Summer Poetry Swap 2017-Growing Writing for Poetry Friday

 I’m participating in the Summer Poetry Swap that was created by Tabatha Yeatts. The end of June, a lovey poetry garden surprise arrived in the mail, from my poetry friend Linda Baie; along with additional swag. I’m sharing her accordion poem, … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July–Poem and Art

FOURTH OF JULY For this 4th of July slip-in-a-slice of strawberry rhubarb pie, Grab-a-friend-or-two, Kick back and watch a firefly,      Spread a handful of love,          and a big sprinkle of joy                  for this 4th of July! © … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday and Fireflies

I’m welcoming summer in with a few of my favorite things, summer solstice, milkweeds, and fireflies! As soon as the fireflies were out I knew summer had begun. Hope you had a wonderful Solstice. Here’s another firefly haiku and one … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday and Fairies

JUNE FAIRIES June Fairies full of Sprite, never ever full of fright. Summer solstice very near, spinning magic that’s sincere. Heavy skies fade away, when the fairies come and play. Catch their view if you can, fireflies flicker out their … Continue reading

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Michelle’s Summer Art Classes Begin Next Week

My Summer Art Classes at the Evanston Art Center begin next Monday, June 12th. I’m offering classes in Figure and Nature, Watercolor, Children’s Picture Book Illustration, and workshops in Plein Air Painting, and Creating a Zine. The classes are in … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Poems/Marching for Truth

I’m participating in Chicago’s TRUTH March this Saturday, and my thoughts have been filled with questions about Truth. Hence I’m sharing poems about Truth, and the front of my eco poster (back not done yet . . . ). The second poem … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Golden Shovel and Painting

I have a Golden Shovel poem for Poetry Friday. The poem was inspired by Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird. I used the second stanza lines from Maya Angelou’s poem to create my poem. I’m also including a portion of Caged Bird … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday & Important Voices

Spring’s Softness Spring’s softness has settled in the city, trees tenderness triumphs with new leaves. Rivers of rivulets, feed meadows of multi-colored crocuses that vanish– Almost magically before our eyes. Replenished with tulips, daffodils, and lavender’s long-gone childhood memories, bringing … Continue reading

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