#PoetryFriday–Vote & #Inktober

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Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m here with a mix of poetry and art to raise consciousness for the US Midterm Elections. My illustration accompanies my poem which was inspired by Calef Brown’s prompt on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog site Today’s Little Ditty. We were to write a poem or tale  “that tells the story of two anthropomorphized objects.” Mine are letters, but I added a third voice in for kicks. Haven’t yet had a chance to post it at her site as the art is fresh off the drawing table. My art is also for #Inktober, which I have been partaking in all month.

 

L’EVOLUTON OF A POEM STARRING LETTER “L”
& INTRODUCING LETTER “K” AND “M”

Lovely letter “L” set out to compose a
List poem
But got sidetracked…
LLLLLLLLLLLLL,

He rolled the sound around in his mouth,
Looked over his shoulder, cleared his throat–
There’re too many lackeys not voting in the ‘lections.
Calling all lackeys for the last time to line up
And
Stop Lollygagging
Stop Lowbrowing
Stop Logjamming
It’s time for:
Lifting your voices
Loud and clear
Letting all know–

Pssst,Excuse me, Letter “L”
Remember you were going to introduce us… 

Oh la la la la la,
Which one of you can lockup this next ‘lection–

Me cried letter “K”
I’m kooky, kinky
Never kvetchy or uh klutz,
and last
I’ll help secure your kingdom.

Look at Meeee cried letter “M”
I’m always
Longing to Link Lively
Voters to a Lifetime of
Voting!

Letter “M” please step out of line
You’ve unlocked my lonely, lingering heart.
Together we’ll unleash
New love for the ‘lections,
Together we’ll lead the voters,
Together we’ll leave all lads and lassies longing for
The politics of the left,
And law and order will
Once again lead our lovely land!
Pssst remember, pull that LEVER and VOTE! 

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

Thought I’d share with you some pics and a video from the #Women’sMarchChicago March to the Polls that I attended last Saturday. It was in a word, INSPIRING. The message: to get out the VOTE; and one of the very special speakers, Heather Booth, who founded JANE in Chicago also added the importance of after and before to continue to ORGANIZE! Volunteering was mentioned a few times, talking to people in your own neighborhood and who may have similar views as yours but may not plan on voting or need a nudge–encouragement–letting them know their vote is important and needed!
#SwingLeft was represented there also and many other dynamic and fine speakers.

Here is your Charge–

If you are a citizen in the US
do your civic duty for the November Midterm Elections,
Go And
VOTE!

 

Brenda Davis Harsham at Friendly Fairy Tales is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s offering up a haiku about bees which is very tasty, so be sure to stop by–Thanks for hosting Brenda!

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#Inktober day 17 letter “J” & haiku

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garden jamble
jungle vines autumns
jumbling by…
© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#Inktober 2018 day 16 letter “S” & zeno poem

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SWEETS, TRICKS & TREATS…

Sweets, tricks and treats await even
the faint of heart,
yes you
Child…
Come be beguiled
by my
wild
magic, s-p-o-o-k-y-
Yeah–you’ve
Smiled!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

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#Inktober day 15 letter “H” & #haiku

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hunting high above
tree tops and low below
houseboats for fall…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#Inktober 2018 day 14 and tanka poem

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picture my sky
dusted soft powder pink
winsor blue green waves
that melt away days din
and open evening’s dreams…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#Poetry Friday–March to the Polls & #Inktober 2018

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Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve been preparing for the #Women’s March Chicago– March to the Polls, that’s happening this Saturday. I’m sharing my poster, a poem and some music all in the spirit to move people to VOTE this November. My poster is also serving as my #Inktober drawing for 10-11-2018. 

VOTE– SAVE DEMOCRACY

Our suffragette sisters Marched long ago,
rally once again join in with gusto.

We’ll March, and March open-mindedly blue,
for reproductive rights, for all, and you.

We’ll March for freedom, with words our weapons,
for immigration and all that’s threatened–

We’ll March with respect and dignity too,
For individualism to break through–

We’ll March in villages, towns, and cities,
Raising our voice above mediocrities–

Our USA’s divided and bleeding
Save Democracy–vote–begin healing

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

I was looking for songs for Women’s democracy and rights. I came up with one of my favorites, Aretha Franklin’s, Respect, and also MILCK – Quiet Hope these get you in the mood for some Marching…

 

Laura Purdie Salas at her blog Writing the World for Kids is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup. She’s sharing a lovely meditative poem called Sacred Land, about Minnesota and its Boundary Waters. It’s in the New poetry anthology The Poetry of the US, by J. Patrick Lewis. Be sure and stop by for Laura’s poem and many more. Thanks for hosting Laura!

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#Inktober 2018 day 10 letter “G” & #poem

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GOURDY GOURDS

Golly– have you seen these gourds
they’re gorgeous in a
gourdy kinda way…

Glumpy bumps creep
through their curves, 
handles that 
bespeak of beaks–

Golly– have you heard these gourds 
they’re gorgeous in a
gourdy kinda way…

Singing on their
own accord, 
gourdy tunes from 
their lips tips–

Golly– have you seen these gourds 
they’re gorgeous in a
gourdy kinda way…

Gosh– they’re anthropomorphic 
kinda gourds,
all different kinds, all get along… 
Hey– Humans have you seen these gorgeous gourds…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

 

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#Inktober 2018 Day 9 and poem

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FALL FELL

We Fell
into
FALL
Upsidedown & backwards…
with Hope–
We’ll March Forward
Writing yesterdays wrongs
Facing front
Eye’s forward
One foot in front of the other
Forever fighting
For what’s
FAIR
For
ALL!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#Inktober Day 8 & List Poem

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AUTUMN CHANGES

Autumn under your nose
ushers in all kinds of change–
already spent flowers
anemone’s that waited
amber, ochre leaves afire,
a’ glowing marigolds, zinnias, and mums
anticipated pumpkins and gourds
altering breezes
accordion temps toppling this way and that
aaahhing at Mother Nature’s tapestry
all wrapped in fall garland
awaiting your eyes alone…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#Inktober Day 7 “E” “Election Day” poem

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ELECTION DAY

Election day lies afoot
Fill your mind with fact for figuring–

Election day lies afoot
Reexamine inclusive jurisprudence–

Election day lies afoot
Think peripherally of all around you–

Election day lies afoot
Preserve balance–uphold Democracy–

Election day lies afoot
Be a Citizen Vote and Be Heard!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

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