Pink Roses Foster Avenue Beach, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, WIP, watercolor and watercolor pencil.
My gosh what a week… My head has been in a whirl from the two mass shootings of last week in Ohio and Texas–My heart heavy, and frustration for change constant.
Then we all heard of the passing of Toni Morrison.
And today I heard of the passing of Lee Bennett Hopkins–although I never personally met him, he felt like an old friend. I’ve been collecting his poetry books and anthologies for years.
So here it is Poetry Friday again… I’m composing this post late, as I was at the
Plant Medicine: Multi-Species Wellness in a Global City exhibit opening tonight. I posted on this exhibit last week and included my painting Summer Milkweed that is part of the exhibit–
First I’m sharing with you a poem that I wrote in 2015 called Toady, for a challenge by Lee Bennett Hopkins, who at that time was the Spotlight on featured interview at Michelle Heidenrich Barnes blog Today’s Little Ditty.
Lee challenged us to write a ME poem, which asks us to recall “one simple moment” in our childhood. I loved the challenge, and my heart sang with his response to my poem. Sending you thanks again Lee, xo.
I left you
But you fit
in my small,
you felt squishy,
and your breath
my heart broke
lump in my
© 2015 Michelle Kogan
I also wrote a poem reflecting on the mass shootings of last week, and the epidemic gun problem we have in the U.S.A. I didn’t know if I wanted to share it after hearing about Lee Bennett Hopkins passing. And then I remembered that Lee had been posting his outrage at political views and mishaps in leadership on FB for quite a while–and I thought he might appreciate it.
BLOOD STAINED HUMANITY
We’re riding on the wings of monarchs
teetering on the edge of an irreversible history…
In a time of abundant knowledge and technological advances–
In a time of misguided leadership and inhumane violence.
An eye for an eye won’t answer this epidemic gun addiction.
Middle ground, emerge from the tsunami of waves flooding our U.S.A.
Demand change for the sea of lives lost from guns–
Demand change for decrying human dignity.
Keep ever vigilant and keep complaisance at bay–
Reconnect with nature, reconnect with humanity,
find an inner place to hear a different voice,
and begin to mend our blood stained humanity.
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
Molly Hogan at her blog Nix the comfort zone is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s offering us a dreamy and beautiful poem about being Lost in the Milky Way, and a poem that inspired her title by the same name. Thanks for hosting Molly! She also has a poem by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.