Thanks Giving 2017–Poem & Sketch



I’m thankful for
morning’s light filling my windows
bird’s songs especially winter’s
trees speaking throughout the seasons
city critters view of their world
friendships forever new and old
home–holding love and family
writing stories and poetry
creating art that inspires all
books and words, windows to all worlds
meditation and centering
beauty–nature’s and the mundane
air, water, earth and atmosphere
breath of day and calm of evening
taking time for thankfulness thoughts.
©2017 Michelle Kogan

Wishing all a Happy Thanks Giving!


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Poetry Friday–GIVING THANKS for Poetry and Music


Happy Thanks Giving!

I’ve been reading this book, Giving Thanks, POEMS, PRAYERS, AND PRAISE SONGS OF THANKSGIVING. edited and reflected by Katherine Paterson and Illustrated by Pamela Dalton. I came across it while on my weekly visit to the library. It has an eclectic mix of poems and thankful thoughts ranging from Chinese Proverbs, Islamic Prayers, Pueblo Blessings, Shaker Songs, to well known poets such as William Blake. Seemed like a perfect book to share at this time of year. So–for Poetry Friday I created a golden shovel poem from a line of William Blake’s “AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE.” Four lines from Blake’s poem are shared in GIVING THANKS.


BY William Blake
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour
To read the rest of the poem visit the Poetry Foundation.



The world began and
your words where born like a
fireball emerging from heaven.
Each new thought in
turn, a small prayer, a
thankful meditation, from great wild
wonders to a simple, abashed wall flower.

©2017 Michelle Kogan

Also included in  GIVING THANKS is SIMPLE GIFTS, a Shaker song by Elder Joseph Brackettand, and here it is for you to enjoy with Aaron Copland.


Carol is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Carol’s Corner, stop by for more poetry. Thanks for hosting Carol!

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Poetry Friday–STILLNESS OF TREETOPS & sketch


Happy Poetry Friday! I took a break one morning, before going off to teach and started this poem. I think it began as a Fib, but don’t remember. I had every intention of sketching the view through my studio window that inspired the poem. But alas, when the view was there I wasn’t available, so it’s a bit of a memory sketch.



take in
the stillness
of treetops in the
morning’s curving, autumnal leaves.
Swaying , weeping willow’s whisper,
stoic cedars still as statues,
leafless trees but proud–
All singing

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

I’m sharing Mary Oliver reading her poem WILD GEESE, from Krista Tippett’s interview with her ON BEING.



Jane at Raincity Librarian is hosing the Poetry Friday Roundup. Thanks for hosting Jane and all the best with your NEW BOOK!



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Poetry Friday: Here Come the Holidays!


For Poetry Friday I’m sharing a list poem inspired by my preparation for a Holiday Fair I’m in, and stocking my Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art, for the upcoming Holidays. I’ve included a couple of holiday card teasers to wet your appetite. The fair is the Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts and Crafts EXPO, November 18th – December 21st, 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. 

What better things to do while assembling than take a break, or an escape, and write a poem. Here’s my escape poem:


Measuring and
marking and
scoring and
folding and
measuring and
cutting and
stuffing and–
oh my
a season
and shower
love, and
lots of

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

I’m also sharing a few additional list poems from one of my favorite poetry books FALLING DOWN THE PAGE, edited by Georgia Heard


By Eileen Spinelli

An artist takes:

colored pencil
piece of yarn
wooden slat from
some old barn
sidewalk chalk
or spool wire
can of paint
or junkyard tire
twig or twine
or river rock
seed or seashell
woolen sock

I couldn’t find her poem on line anywhere to share the rest with you–Guess you’ll have to make a trip to the library or purchase this fun book!



By Georgia Heard



by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Why poetry?
Why sunsets?
Why trees?
Why birds?
Why seas?
Why you?
Why me?
Why friends?
Why families?

You can read the rest of this poem at Wild Rose Reader, Elaine Magiaro’s Blog where she interviewed Lee Bennett Hopkins. (I hope it’s okay Elanine, that I’ve shared this link with all.)

Jama at Jama’s alphabet soup is cooking up this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, be sure to stop by her blog for more poetry offerings. I can smell the wonderful aroma’s wafting my way … Thanks for hosting Jama!



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Poetry Friday: Fib and Picture Books


For Poetry Friday, I wrote a little fib in honor of the SCBWI-IL Conference –Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day that I’m attending tomorrow and been preparing for. It’s a very wee ditty, for my wee time that I had. And here also is my picture book dummy that I was preparing to take with me, the story is called Trudy’s Ghost.

Hi Ho
it’s off to 
conference I go,
Ready steady ooOH, Hi Ho- – ooOH

©2017 Michelle Kogan

Hope to return to reading all of the rich Poetry Friday posts very soon, I truly enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by last week when Wirey Winney wound through town!

Sending thoughts out to all the for the tragedy we all shared in NYC this week.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted by the hostess supreme Linda Baie at  her blog Teacher Dance   Be sure to stop by for a welcome into fall! Thanks Linda for hosting!


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Poetry Friday: Halloween’s almost here…


Happy Poetry Friday! as Halloween is fast approaching I’m sharing a Halloween inspired poem-story, and art to wet your appetite. Wishing all a spoooooky fun-filled Halloween!



Wiry Winney whirled
through the town,
haunting all children
all around.

Small in stature but
mean in game,

Ooooo, came cries when they
heard her name.

Wiry Winney was
always seen,
On the night marking

Whoa, is she real– Or
a mirage?

Sneeeaking slowly by
your garage?

She sets her trap sealed
with rat love,

and floating pumpkins
high above…

What’ll happen next? Uhh!
Don’t look now–
I can’t imagine

How many spells will
spill this year?

How many will she
fill with fear!

I see her yonder,
Oooh, watch out…
There’s her broomstick, best
change your route!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan


Visit Brenda Davis Harsham at  Friendly Fairytales for this weeks Poetry Friday roundup. She’s offering up a lovely insect for her Halloween Party, but she’s not sure who he is. Be sure to drop by her post and help her figure out his identity… And thanks for hosting Brenda!

P.S. To all my Poetry Friday poet friends, I’m preparing for a local SCBWI conference next week, and a holiday fair coming soon– So I may be a bit scarce on visits the next two weeks, and will hope to catch up soon after.

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#Inktober 2017: Thank you Fats Domino


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#Inktober day 21, 2017 and Haiku


patient zinnias
sparkling proudly
in falls splendor.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan

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Poetry Friday tanka, #inktober and painting

I’m wrapped in the roundness of fall, and for Poetry Friday I’m sharing  an autumnal tanka poem and ink and watercolor painting; also for inktober. I’m also sharing a  fall poem by Carl Sandburg and one by Mary Oliver.



Autumn casts its net 
capturing round treasures,
seeds of tomorrows
fruits, ready and eager
to nurture earth‘s nature.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan


by Carl Sandburg

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper
sunburned, woman,

      the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.

Read the rest of the poem at the Academy of American Poets



by Mary Oliver

the black oaks
fling their bronze fruit
into all the pockets of the earth 
      pock pock

they knock against the thresholds
the roof the sidewalk
fill the eaves
     the bottom line

of the old gold song
of the almost finished year
what is spring all that tender
    green stuff

Read the rest of the poem at the Poetry Foundation

Drop by Leigh Anne Eck’s blog, A DAY IN THE LIFE, for this weeks Poetry Friday Round up, with more poems. Thanks for hosting this week Leigh Anne!

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#Inktober day 19, 2017 & #haiku


autumns treasure globes
reaching skyward,
round out our edges.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan

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