Poetry Friday–Tulips & Baby Leaves…

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Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing more #PoemsofPresence. The first one, from my notebook comes from thinking and wondering about poet, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and her 100 tulips that she planted last fall… I was wondering if they are up and thinking how spectacular they must look. Hope the adorable cottontails haven’t been visiting them…

TULIP TEMPTATION

for Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

thinking about
amy’s hundred tulips,
emerging upwards…

watch out for waiting
cottontails, hungry for
springtime’s special treat…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

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baby leaves dancing
from trees, seedpods linger
with layers of love…

©2020 Michelle Kogan

 

And a spring poem by E. E. Cummings

(“in/Spring comes(no-…”)
by E. E. Cummings

in

Spring comes(no-
one
asks his name)

a mender
of things

with eager
fingers(with
patient
eyes)re

-new-

Read the rest of the poem  here.

 

And… related to leaves, the ever generous poet Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, has shared my poem PRESENCE OF TREE, another #PoemsofPresence, at her blog Today’s Little Ditty, thanks Michelle!

Carol Varsalona at her blog Beyond Literacy Link is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup, thanks for hosting Carol! She’s offering up Mother Nature’s best, with a “SNEAK PEEK” from her Nature Nurture’s 2020 Gallery, be sure to stop by.

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday: Lollipop… & Moon

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Lollipop Tulips, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday!

Sharing some of my front yard tulips that were begging to be seen…

lollipop tulips
lollygagging mid may’s
day away…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

And a poem that Dear Moon asked me to write…

DEAR MOON

Moon shone through
My shade last night

   She said,
You missed me
Yester-night

When I shone even
More a-bright,

I shine a-bright
For just a-few

…You’re in my few
I count on you…

  I said,
Dear Moon
I feel so blue,

I hope my blue
Stays clear of you…

If you can,
If you might

Forgive me Moon
For missing you, xox

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

This poem needs a picture of Dear Moon…

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Dear Moon, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, watercolor, and pens.

 

Jama Rattigan at her delicious, and illustrious blog Jama’s Alphabet Soup is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday roundup! She’s serving up some yummy chocolate cookies in poetry and images. Stop by for a bite and more poetry goodness…

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday: Mother’s Day

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Geraniums and Big Bee, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor. Available as a card in my Etsy Shop.

geraniums 
gently wave yellow sunshine 
big bee buzzes by… 
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m celebrating Mother’s Day!

 

MOM’S

Mom’s presence never stops 
Juggling 100 different tasks
Working
Mothering 
Sistering 
Loving 
Fathering 
Caring 
Sharing 
Refereeing 
Picker-upper 
Go-betweener 
Shopper 
Teacher 
Helper 
Organizer 
Listener 
Cleaner-upper 
Caregiver 
Booster-upper 
Positive-thinker 
Future-thinker 
Down-to-business 
Down-to-earther 
Patience-builder
Bridge-builder 
Environment-saver 
Breadwinner 
Solution-finder 
Praise-singer 
Tolerance-finder 
Moneymaker 
Engineerer  
Intuitiver 
Creative-thinker 
Idea-maker 
Dream-holder 
Put-back-togetherer 
Entrepreneurer 
Heart-to-hearter 
Supporter  
Forever 
Juggling 100 different tasks 
Mom’s presence never stops…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I was looking for another Mother’s Day poem to share and came up this piece of writing by poet Annie Finch for her mother, poet Margaret Rockwell Finch. The writing piece is called: Happy Mother’s Day, to Foremothers, Poet-Moms, and Maggie. Follow the link for the whole read, and a poem by her mom Maggie at the end.  Here’s the beginning:

Happy Mother’s Day, to Foremothers, Poet-Moms, and Maggie
by Annie Finch

“Today I went to visit my mother, Margaret Rockwell Finch, who turned 88 a few weeks ago.  As always lately, she showed me a new poem.  Maggie was my first model of a  working poet, entering and once winning the contests of the Poetry Society of America, whose meetings she brought me to as a teenager; typing drafts and final copies (with carbon copies!) on her portable typewriter; keeping green metal fileboxes recording submissions to magazines and contests.”

Read the rest of the piece here.

And…some music by the composer Fanny Mendelssohn(1805 -1847)

My friend and poet Michelle Heidenrich Barnes is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup at her ever-runneth-over poetry blog, Today’s Little Ditty, thanks for hosting Michelle! Stop by to fill yourself up with poetry goodness…

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

Happy Mother’s Day, to Mom’s everywhere!

 

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Poetry Friday–May: THESE BRAVE HANDS

 

 

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Daughter and Mother, © 2013 Michelle Kogan, Illustration, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

 

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy May!

I’m sharing a poem that’s very new, and that I worked on over the last day or two. It’s  a prompt that Michelle Heidenrich Barnes gave us at her blog, Today’s Little Ditty, at the beginning of National Poetry Month. The prompt is from Patrice Vecchione’s Book, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice, that Michelle generously shared with us over the month. We were to write a poem of gratitude related to the topic of These are the hands. I think I could fill pages about all these brave hands…

 

THESE BRAVE HANDS

May brings more quarantine hands working for us each day…
Thank you brave faming hands planting seeds and growing food to feed us
Thank you brave warehouse hands stocking items and filling our orders
Thank you brave postal worker hands sorting our mail and delivering it every day
Thank you brave delivery worker hands making all our deliveries
Thank you brave volunteer hands packaging and distributing food for our hungry
Thank you brave journalist hands keeping us informed in our small world
Thank you brave media and arts hands fueling our Internets and bringing us art
Thank you brave teacher hands teaching our children online while sharing hope
Thank you brave first responder hands for rescuing and caring for those in need
Thank you brave civic worker hands that keep our municipalities running daily
Thank you brave grocery worker hands filling our orders in stores and online
Thank you brave essential worker hands for taking care of all of us everyday
Thank you brave medical worker hands caring for our sick and trying to heal them
            And there are many more brave hands to thank,
                         let’s add to this list,
                                    for all these brave hands
                                                  help us through each
                                                                 precious new day…

                                                                  © 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

A little haiku and sketch to welcome in May–
And the petals are a lovely deep purplish-red, waiting patiently to be painted…

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P.S. I offered the last line to the 2020 Progressive Poem on Thursday, and a WIP banjo rendition to accompany the poem. Thanks to all who visited!

 

Liz at her blog Elizabeth Steinglass is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Liz! I’m looking forward to what you’ll be sharing… Be sure to stop by for lots more poetry!

 

And a little uplifting music to take you out…

 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

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Progressive Poem 2020 is here! #NPM

 

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Welcome to the 2020 Progressive Poem. Created originally, and hosted up to this year by Irene Latham, during National Poetry Month. This year Margaret Simon has picked up the baton and is our new host. Thank you Irene and Margaret, and all participating this year in this welcome pause, and dive into an unknown, evolving poem–and what wonderful meanderings it’s taken us on!

This year Donna Smith at her blog Mainly Write kicked off the poem with some added spice. Instead of offering up one line she wrote two, and gave the next participant the opportunity to choose one of those lines. Well, everyone seemed to love this new turn and has passed it on throughout the month. However, as I’m the last stop in the poem, I decided to break with this pattern and complete the group poem with my one line, added to Fran’s lovely line, and finish our quatrain poem in a couplet as suggested by Fran. But… I would like to invite Donna to come up with a title for our poem. I’m also inviting you all to listen to a WIP rendition I performed of our poem on my banjo–with more time I’m sure it will become tighter, hope you enjoy it. It’s been a lovely romp, thank you all!

Sweet violets shimmy, daffodils sway
along the wiregrass path to the lake.
I carry a rucksack of tasty cakes
and a banjo passed down from my gram.

I follow the tracks of deer and raccoon
and echo the call of a wandering loon.
A whispering breeze joins in our song
and night melts into a rose gold dawn.

Deep into nature’s embrace, I fold.
Promise of spring helps shake the cold.
Hints of sun lightly dapple the trees
calling out the sleepy bees.

Leaf-litter crackles…I pause. Twig snaps.
I gasp! Shudder! Breathe out. Relax…
as a whitetail doe comes into view.
She shifts and spotted fawns debut.

We freeze. My green eyes and her brown
Meet and lock. Time slows down.
I scatter the cakes, backing away
Safely exiting this strange ballet.

I continue the path that winds down to the lake.
Missing my breakfast for beauty’s sake.
But wait, what’s that delicious smell?
Something familiar, I know so well.

It’s a campfire. I follow my nose. I see
a circle of friends waving at me.
I free up my banjo, quicken my pace
Find a place to sit and gaze into space.

Then my fingers pick out the old, old tune
of rejoicing together under an amber moon…

Michelle’s WIP rendition of the 2020 Progressive Poem…

Here’s the progression of the poem:

1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, deowriter
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at https://kaymcgriff.edublogs.org/
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme

11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering

25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge

28 Jessica Bigi at Mainely Write
29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan

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Poetry Friday–NaPoWriMo: Mourning Dove

 

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Mourning Dove & Narcissus, detail, WIP, Michelle Kogan. © 2020, watercolor 

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy National Poetry Month!

I’m sharing a poem, art, and pics of a mourning dove that visited me this week in my backyard garden. Actually a pair visited, for quite a long time… I’m very fortunate and happy to have this garden to retreat to, and to watch in wonder as everything comes up this spring…

HIDDEN BEAUTY

Stretch and preen…
Feathers spread fan-like,
drawing all eyes on your
nature beguiled pose.

Spring ground becomes your stage,
your silhouetted form offers
captivating beauty, momentarily,
captured in your Venus like stance.

Thank you mourning dove,
for sharing your hidden beauty
available only for selected few
to gaze upon in awe…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s the pair of mourning doves…

 

I was looking for a poem to share about another mourning dove and came across JoAnn Balingit’s poem Brandywine Creek Preambles, which I was taken by. While it mentions a dove in the poem, it focuses on the creek, and is written in the voice of the creek. Read the “About this Poem” in the sidebar to find out more on the poem.

BRANDYWINE CREEK PREAMBLES

By JoAnn Balingit

1. Be it known I was born in deciduous Forest though I appear to come from Sea.

2. In the year of my birth, billion-year-old Rock. Appalachia dapple grey.

3. I looked up at those loaves like a three-year-old met with giant mother’s naked ass. I watered her Toes. I ran and ran.

4. It’s good not to be dead I knew, in my own lap with the mourning dove.

5. Water drinkers hovered around me. Piedmont to fall line, grandparents to parents, coastal plain to marsh, my world of voices and sharp claws.

6. A high song spills from me and quiets never, not for Flood—

7. On summer weekends the city children the city children the city children ride their vinyl creatures down my Shoals.

8. I remember a chorus fell, old growth fell, white village growth, villagers’ low chorus with musket-fire, thunder-fire cloud crack, downpour, the People pouring blood. The Eagle’s white face and tail.

Read the rest of the poem here.

 

Christie Wyman at her nature filled blog, Wondering and Wandering is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup, along with offering a new line for the Progressive Poem–which is reeling in towards its finish… Thanks for hosting Christie!

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

 

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#NaPoWriMo: Earth Day–earth-art & letter poem

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Happy Earth Day on this 50th Celebration!

I’m sharing some earth-art and a letter poem.

DEAR EARTH

Dear Earth,

Lend us your deep-rooted wisdom
So we may make wise our neglectful history
Send us your powerful patience
So we may earn it whilst becoming your caretaker
Fuel us with your judicious judgement
So we may reduce our co2 emissions and cap your rising temps
Wash your powerful water’s over our self-interest’s
So we may begin to place our planet over our pocketbook
Continue to breathe bountiful Earth
While we ready humanity’s rescue-army for your survival

Forever yours, xo
Ardent earth lover

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

Here’s a link for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Earth Day Celebration and Activities

 

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Poetry Friday–Jane Yolen and Response

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Dusky throated antshrike and Mouth Leaves, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, WIP, Watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday!

On Monday I read Jane Yolen’s heart-wrenching poem, Plowing Under. The poem reminded me of a few articles I  just read about long car lines waiting for food at food pantries, and how farmers are having to plow under food due to restaurants and schools being closed. My post this week addresses these dilemmas created and exacerbated by our invisible Coronavirus. I’m first sharing Jane Yolen’s poem, which she graciously allowed me to share, and then my own response.

 

PLOWING UNDER
 
American farmers, unable to sell
their green beans to closed restaurants,
with no help from the government,
were left to plow them under,
as the politicians forgot
the poor in their small houses,
virus-ridden rest homes,
shops with empty shelves.
In this same week, the Resurrection
of a young rabbi is celebrated
who said, among other things,
clothe the poor, feed the hungry,
treat your neighbor as yourself,
and was killed for his insurrection.
There are no metaphors or rhymes
tough enough for me to recount
the horror of that article, that photo,
in simple black and white.
So I write a poem, as stark, as bare
as the shelves, as our hearts,
those same hearts that once
grew daffodils and now hold stones.

©2020 Jane Yolen all rights reserved

 

For my response I wanted to pull in a bird, as I’ve been focusing on poems with birds this month. I learned about the dusky-throated antshrike, and that it helps other birds, acting as a “Sentinel” calling out to others, and alerting them to imminent danger.

STABILITY VIA SENTINELS

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
invisibility infiltrates all classes,
especially our poor and hungry

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
Food pantries cry: Feed our hungry,
while farmers plow under rotten produce
originally destined for schools and restaurants

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
People cry: Feed us,
while hungry cars wait in mile long food lines
only to leave empty handed

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
Food pantry volunteers cry: We’re afraid
while those same volunteers who helped
feed our hungry recoil to their homes

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
U.S. president rants: Open my economy
while his advisors advise focus on our virus
and death rates soar higher

Coronavirus injustice runs rampant–
And, humans need to help each other…
There’s a bird that helps other birds,
Amazon’s “Sentinel” bird–
The dusky-throated antshrike,
they perch themselves in their rainforest’s middle layer,
they call out to all diverse neighboring bird species
above and below, alerting them to danger
they help other birds,
they influence other actions
they create stability

Seems we could take some queues from the antshrike…
Seems we could get our hungry fed, and reroute farmer’s food,
seems we could create some stability and correct
some of our coronavirus injustice

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

Molly Hogan at her blog Nix the Comfort Zone has a delectable post this week for hosting our Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s drawing all the poets in with irresistible aromas of fresh baked bread and poems. Thanks for hosting Molly and your delicious post too!

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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Poetry Friday: Holidaze & Online Art Classes

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Cottontail and Easter Eggs, Michelle Kogan, © 2020, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

Happy Poetry Friday! 
Happy Passover! 
Happy Easter!

Well my #NaPoWriMo project has been eclipsed by many things… the major eclipse has been work–I’ve been preparing to teach two online classes that are starting the week of April 20th. I’ve made tremendous progress, and am learning and growing–it’s all new, unexplored territory for me, but I’m readying to take the plunge. So my fine feathered, climate endangered friends will have to wait a bit. I have done some work on it, in both art and words–poems, perhaps some will emerge soon…

As we are upon a holiday weekend I’m sharing some poems and art to celebrate both Passover and Easter.

6 FEET OF HOLIDAY LOVE

These days 
a holiday 
may leave you 
in a holidaze… 
But, look for those 
treasures that 
are surely
still there… 
That love’ll 
connect you, 
break through, and 
wrap around you, 
no matter how far 
that six feet 
might feel, 
our hearts 
beat as one 
and will carry 
us through.

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

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first greens of spring
emerge in march and 
april blooms billow…

© 2019 Michelle Kogan

 

 

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Musings of an Old Man, © 2020 Nancy Milford

And the icing on the cake this week, I received this lovely NPM postcard from Irene Latham–thanks for shining poetry’s light my way Irene! xo
The gorgeous art is by Nancy Milford, an Artist/Writer from Baldwin County Alabama.

Make sure you stop by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog The Poem Farm for this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup. Amy has been writing and reading her poetry this month from within her friend “Betsy the Writing Camper–” and it’s been a lovely treat! 

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Michelle Kogan’s studio set-up for online classes,
all art WIP, © 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s a sneak peek of my demo-setup for my online classes that start the week of April 20th at the Evanston Art Center, follow the link for more info and registration. I’m offering:

–Online Figure and Nature Drawing and Painting,
5 Week Session, Monday morning, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

–Online Watercolors: Materials, Composition & Technique 
5 Week Session, Tuesday morning, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.  

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#NaPoWriMo Day 4– Morning Bunny

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Cottontail in Spring, Michelle Kogan © 2020, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

 

Taking a brake from my bird focus to bring you this lovely cottontail I saw on my walk this morning, still had part of his/her winter coat on too…

OH BUNNY

Oh bunny
hiding between
Spring greens,
you’re no bird,
but oh so perfect
in oh so many ways.
Thanks for your
quiet,
momentary,
distraction…
xoxox

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

 

 

Check out these other links to celebrate more poetry during National Poetry Month:

Jama Rattigan’s blog: Jama’s Alphabet Soup

Academy of American Poets

Follow the 9th annual Progressive Poem as it builds line by line… Irene Latham originally started The Progressive Poem, and she has passed the baton on to Margaret Simon at her blog Reflections on the Teche. Stop by the poets blog’s below to watch it grow, twist, and meander on it’s way…

APRIL

1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch at Deo Writer
4 Liz Steinglass
5 Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
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29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan

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