Poetry Friday–Inaugural Poems 2021

Mourning Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Bee, and Narcissus, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m moving forward slowly with hope, for our country, America, and our world. I was smitten with our Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, THE HILL WE CLIMB. My post today includes a golden shovel poem taken from a line of Amanda’s poem, and the rest focuses on this fabulous wordsmith poet.

BEGIN TO MEND AMERICA…

America though your voice grew grim, and
democracy defamed, your flame burned within. So
different minds joined together and put we
first––For we American’s together must work to lift
away from false truths, to regain our
trampled on Democracy, to refocus our gazes
on compassion, love and care for each other, not
on a single focus but on an inclusive we, to
embrace again, justice for every race, religion, and gender. What
follows, to mend with dove’s-wings our injured America, as she stands
bruised, but ready to reach all and bring about change between
different minds of America with inclusiveness for all of us

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

My golden shovel poem borrows a line from our Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural poem, THE HILL WE CLIMB:

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us

You can read Amanda Gorman’s poem here. And here’s an article from The New York Times, about Amanda Gorman writing her inaugural poem:
Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment, in Verse

Amanda Gorman reading her poem FURY AND FAITH, and a TEDEd talk.

Laura Shovan at her blog Laura Shovan is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Laura! She’s sharing more on our renowned Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and in addition announcing her 9th annual February Poetry Project. Be sure to drop by her blog.

As a sidenote I have a couple of new Valentine’s Day Cards available in my Etsy Shop, waiting to spread some sweetness wherever they may be sent…

New Valentine’s Day Cards with small valentine ditties on the back, available in my online Etsy Shop.

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Poetry Friday–New Figure Drawing Class, Poem, & Art

Working with Monarch’s in Mind, © 2021 Michelle Kogan, pencil and pastel, WIP.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m interrupting the ongoing political airways… To bring you… My brand new Online Figure Drawing–Painting & Composition Class, beginning next week on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Harper College in their Community Education Department–and am looking to attract some new students… You can comfortably take this class from anywhere where you have access to a mobile phone, laptop, or computer. I’m enticing you this week with a WIP drawing and rondel poem focusing on this goal. So… Get those pencils out, or charcoal, or paintbrush, and take a leap of faith–muster up your courage and come join me–all levels welcome.

POETRY OF DRAWING

Treasures of online life drawing,
poetry drawing with pencil–
Stretch and seizes your potential,
awakens an unknown calling…

First you may feel like you’re crawling,
practice will improve your level–
Treasures of online life drawing,
poetry drawing with pencil–

One day you may feel like bawling
but, you’ll grasp the fundamental…
Let ideas become central
and rouse your creative dawning–
Treasures of online life drawing…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Margaret Simon at her blog Reflections on the Teche is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Margaret! She’s excited to offer us a wonderful collection of Nestling poems she found in the book One Today by Richard Blanco and illustrated by Dav Pilkey– The book is written from the inaugural poem for Barack Obama– be sure to stop by for her poems and many more.

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Poetry Friday–Democracy & Beginnings…

Evergreen, Branches, and Moon, WIP, Michelle Kogan © 2021 pencil & pen & ink.

beginnings can be
difficult–but we can choose
to begin again…
© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

My thoughts and poems are on the events of our US Certification Day, and the aftermath that unfolded… I’m still processing, but I’m also in teaching mode, and have shared the beginning of a drawing that I will continue with my students as a demo, for beginnings are important, and even if we fail we can begin again…

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?

January 6, 2021 US Certification Day– We
watch as violent assaults are
carried out aiming to destroy democracy. It’s going
going–wait–the House is swept, the senators return to
continue certification–You see
American’s persevere, we’re told, we’re survivors, whether
you were born here or arrived here, but today our
Democratic value system
paraded its vulnerability, its fragile works–
In dire need of deep repair, or–
inevitable collapse– But I hope not…

© 2021 Michelle Kogan

Golden Shovel–line from Michael Beschloss comments on the PBS Newshour Special Coverage, 1-6-2021.

Sylvia Vardell at her blog Poetry for Children is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Sylvia!

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Poetry Friday–New Year 2021!

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy New Year!!!

Here we are turning a new page, taking a new breath, a new sigh…

NEW YEAR

New Year
New Word New World
New England New Orleans New York New Delhi New Guinea New Zealand
New Moon New Stars New Sun New Clouds New Rain New Snow New Universe
New Thoughts New Dreams New Longing New Goals New Plans New Adventures
New Notebook New Sketchbook New Pencils New Students New Teachers New School
New Love New Freedom New Compassion New Openness New Justice New Slate
New Ideas New Writing New Books New Stories New Poems New Innovations
New Art New Music New Songs New Dance New Theatre New Performances
New Prayers New Help New Care New Vaccine New Recovery New Methods
New Nature New Garden New Seeds New Buds New Growth
New Life New Breath New Babies New Children New Animals
New President New Congress New Senate New Work
New Reaching New Vulnerability
New Hard New Perseverance
New Reflection New Meditation
New Metaphors New Prompts
New Challenge New Energy
New Concerns New Actions
New Verbs New Nouns
New Hurts New Hopes
New Trials New Focus
New Old New Young
New Fears New Joy
New Me New You
New Happy
New Year

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Meander over to Ruth Hersey’s blog There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town, for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. Ruth’s serving up some delicious poems and offering some yummy pumpkin soup, thanks for hosting Ruth!

Wishing our small world
Health, Hope, Happiness, and
buckets of Compassion
to grow with…

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Poetry Friday-Winter Poem Swap

Happy Poetry Friday

I’m sharing a Winter Poem Swap gift and poem, from the collage artist extraordinaire Linda Mitchell. Linda has grown a garden for me chock full of words and nested in a collaged seed packet; a collaged bookmark–complete with water, brushes, and paints; and a sparkle-filled holiday card. Many thanks Linda, I love your poem and gifts, and have had a trowel-filled fun time with all!!!

I’m sending a thank you out to Tabatha Yeatts for organizing another wonderful winter poem swap–what creative treasures come through the mail!

Here’s Linda’s poem…

My found poem grown magically from the special seed packet…

And the reverse side of the bookmark…

And how about a little planet music in honor of Jupiter and Saturn’s 800 year conjunction… I’m still trying to catch sight of it with my own eyes, hoping for Chicago’s clouds to move away soon…

Make sure to pop on over to Irene Latham’s blog Live Your Poem, she’s ringing in the Poetry Friday Roundup with a lovely poem called HOW TO MAKE MERRY.

Happy Planet sighting, Merry Christmas, and lots of Holiday Cheer!

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Poetry Friday Roundup is Here, dusted in Stardust!

Happy Poetry Friday!

The Poetry Friday Roundup is Here!
Please add your link below

In this dark time of year when light is scarce, I like looking up to the sky for hope and inspiration. Before bed each night, I have for a long time instinctually looked out my window checking on moon and stars above…

STARDUST

Stardust stirs our imagination
raises our hopes, and quells our fears,
lifts us from daily doldrums,
wakes forgotten dreams of
working for all world’s
human beings,
finally
being
free
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I’m sharing a new set of bookmarks inspired by my space friends and available in my Etsy Shop

Space Friends Bookmark, © 2020 Michelle Kogan

Space Friends Bookmark, back, © 2020 Michelle Kogan

And my Space Friends come with a little ditty on the back side…

friends,
no matter how far apart,
always are
near in heart
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Wishing all safe and healthy navigation through our Holiday Season!

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Poetry Friday–Hanukkah

Detail from Hanukkah Boy, © 2012 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil.

HANUKKAH YOU’RE  HERE…

Hanukkah,
your haloing glow
creeps up on us each year…
Sometimes early,
sometimes late
sometimes just right.
You follow moon’s
lunar calendar–
But, most of us
work-crazed creatures
follow work-crazed
Gregorian calendars.

Here you are again
early in December–
with classes still going
and orders still flowing
and energy levels slooowing…
Ooo, Aaah, Ummm…
And barely a moment
to think fairly on you–
Of your oil lamp miracle,
Maccabees’ temple triumph,
and message of freedom
lighting winter’s dark night.

But here I am,
and here you are–
Together we will
light a small light
for eight days of freedom,
eke out some oil
for sizzling latke’s,
and spin our dreidel
to forget our woes…
Together we’ll
close our eyes,
open our hearts
and spread
candlelit
freedom
of hope
around

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

I was looking for another Hanukkah poem to share and came across an intriguing blog called Rebekah by Rebekah Lowin, a journalist by day and much more. The poem I’m sharing is from her post called: 20 Beautiful Hanukkah Poems You’ll Want to Memorize. There are also some poems not specifically on Hanukkah but related to it. Two others I liked that you’ll find there are Walt Whitman’s MIRACLES and Mary Oliver’s POPPIES.

Oil Lamp Menorah, archival print, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor, available in my Etsy Shop.

The Feast of Lights
by Emma Lazarus

Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening’s forehead o’er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
Clash, Israel, the cymbals, touch the lyre,
Blow the brass trumpet and the harsh-tongued horn;
Chant psalms of victory till the heart takes fire,
The Maccabean spirit leap new-born.

Remember how from wintry dawn till night,
Such songs were sung in Zion, when again
On the high altar flamed the sacred light,
And, purified from every Syrian stain,
The foam-white walls with golden shields were hung,
With crowns and silken spoils, and at the shrine,
Stood, midst their conqueror-tribe, five chieftains sprung
From one heroic stock, one seed divine.

Five branches grown from Mattathias’ stem,
The Blessed John, the Keen-Eyed Jonathan,
Simon the fair, the Burst-of Spring, the Gem,
Eleazar, Help of-God; o’er all his clan
Judas the Lion-Prince, the Avenging Rod,
Towered in warrior-beauty, uncrowned king,
Armed with the breastplate and the sword of God,
Whose praise is: ‘He received the perishing.’

Read the rest of the poem here

Happy Hanukkah to all Celebrating!

Buffy at her blog Buffy Silverman is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks for hosting Buffy. She’s featuring Sylvia Vardell’s and Janet Wong’s latest poetry anthology HOP TO IT Poems to Get You Moving, be sure to stop by!

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Poetry Friday: Blueness

Blue Chicago, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, archival print, watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m in with a short post, sharing some Blue Chicago art and poetry both available in my Etsy Shop, and for any local Chicago friends at the Evanston Art Center’s Winter EXPO 2020 Show–open through 12-20-20. Early in 2020 I was commissioned to do a piece using 2020’s pick for pantone blue, and this piece emerged… Thanks to Cathy Walsh for this opportunity!

Blue Chicago, Greeting Card, © Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

true blue chicago
sings to me through winter and
mellows world blues
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

BLUENESS

Are you feeling blue…
Billy Holiday blue
Dull drum hum bum blue
Time for blissful Blueness
Turn’m Birdlandy blue high

© 2020 Michelle Kogan
to be continued…

Stay well, wear your mask and hopes for tides to turn around the world and vaccines to emerge soon.

Mary Lee Hahn at her blog A Year of Reading is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Mary Lee! She’s sharing a peek into Irene Latham’s forthcoming book
D-39 A Robodog’s Journey, with cover art by artist Jamie Green, make sure to stop by.

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Poetry Friday–”MEMORY OF NOVEMBER’S PAST,” prompt…

Fall Leaves, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, Pen and ink and Dr. Martin’s Watercolors, now available as an archival print in my Etsy Shop, and soon as a bookmark.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing a poem from a poem prompt by the Poetry Princesses, Poetry Sisters, Laura Purdie Salas, Tanita S. Davis, and all. This month we were asked to write a poem about hindsight, and about a memory of November’s past. My poem is from a fall bulb planting I did way back in 1994, where my husband rigged up some lights so I could get the bulbs into the ground. Many things happened that year, the major life changing event for me… I became pregnant that month with my son. I chose to write this poem as a pantoum, for I wanted to emphasize the circularity of life, and also tie it into today.

MEMORY OF NOVEMBER’S PAST

Remember your bulbs planted in November…
So long ago yet like yesterday–
Shift paths country, and fan that withering ember,
Somehow weave inclusiveness for all astray

So long ago yet like yesterday–
We rigged up lights to see through darkness…
Somehow weave inclusiveness for all astray
And embrace Individuals over starkness

We rigged up lights to see through darkness…
We waited, contemplated and hoped for change–
And Embrace individuals over starkness
Remember humanity’s still within range–


We waited, contemplated and hoped for change–
There’s still time to plant, come all human members,
Remember humanity’s still within range–
Remember your bulbs planted in November…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

On Tuesday evening I had the good fortune of hearing and viewing the Academy of American Poets Gather in Poems. It included 16 poets reading favorite poet’s poems. It began and ended with US poet laureate Joy Harjo, it was wonderful, moving, and soul fulfilling. Here’s a link to the page announcing the event, I don’t know if it was recorded–and some picks…

Airea D. Matthews Reading FOR MY PEOPLE by Margaret Walker, I believe with her daughter.
Jeffrey Davis reading WADE IN THE WATER, by Tracy K. Smith.
Landan Osman reading DUSTING by Marilyn Nelson.
Jessica Jacobs reading ASTRONOMERS LOCATE A NEW PLANET, by Mathew Olzmann, and Nickole Brown reading “Rooms Remembered by Laure-Anne Bosselaar.
Yesenia Montilla reading ON GATHERING ARTISTS by Roberto Rios.
Joy Harjo reading MORE THAN SOMETHING ELSE by Rainy Dawn Ortiz, her daughter’s poem.

Wishing all Peace, Breaths, and Happiness as we move into the Holiday Season, and navigate the pandemic. And remember your mask will help all around you.

Carol at her blog Carol’s Corner is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday roundup, thanks Carol! She’s sharing a rich poetry anthology called WOKE: A YOUNG POET’S CALL TO JUSTICE, be sure to stop by.

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Poetry Friday–More #haikuforhope

Virginia Flowering Dogwood, Haiga Print, © Michelle Kogan, pen and ink and watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing some haiku, haiga, and bookmarks today. This haiga print was part of my package that I sent to Tricia Stohr-Hunt for this summer’s poem swap. It’s available in my Etsy Shop as a print and also as a bookmark. Tricia had written a post about the changes going on in Virginia, and my poem picks up on that…

virginia dogwood draped in dainty petticoats anticipates change…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Below are a few of the daily haikus I’ve written this week for #haikuforhope, but didn’t have time to post…

Sherbet sky sang a
goodnight lullaby and tucked
city in tight…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

hope grows in tree-roots
connect-talk to each other’s
diverse perspectives…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

green-golden leaves
catch sun’s light, hold on, and
release foresight…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

scotch pine’s needles
ripple-wave november, but
barely move her base
© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Wishing all in the US and beyond who celebrate
A Happy Thanks Giving, Peace, and Health!

Linda Baie at her forever flowing blog of poetry and books, Teacher Dance is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday roundup, thanks for hosting Linda! She has a lovely poem inviting us to view a new poetry anthology about the ocean… FRIENDS & ANEMONES OCEAN POEMS FOR CHILDREN.

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