#NaPoWriMo Day 10 #skinnypoem and #sketch

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ANIMAL TRACKS

Animals hunting for spring looking for
forest
tracks
underneath
snow,
forest
floors
changing,
waking
forest
hunting for animals looking for Spring!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

My Poems for National Poetry Writing Month:
Poem one–  DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES

Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS
Poem seven–A LOVELY BEETLE
Poem eight–CHANGES IN NATURE
Poem nine-HURRY SPRING

 

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#NaPoWriMo day 9–poem and watercolor

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HURRY SPRING!

Took a peek out my
window, oh woe–Snow–
It’s almost
double digit
April.

I’m ignoring this
unnatural coat
of white
carpeted
ground.

Come on daffodils
do your stuff,
move over
white
fluff.

Sing stronger spring–
I can’t hear your
rain showers
for May’s
flowers!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

My Poems for National Poetry Writing Month:
Poem one–  DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES

Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS
Poem seven–A LOVELY BEETLE
Poem eight–CHANGES IN NATURE

 

 

 

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#NaPoWriMo day 8

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CHANGES IN NATURE

I watched her grow for three seasons,
munching away mostly in safe areas–
Occasionally I had to run her out.

When winter set in I saw her hunkering down.
If I gave her space, there she’d sit stoically–
Braving cold, in her heavy-lined coat, and fine-twitching nose.

But move a step to close, off she’d scamper,
away from our familiar universe
as if distressed by the sudden change.

I haven’t seen her for sometime now–
Although the weathers changing–trying to warm–plants emerging,
nature’s balance seems slightly off kilter.

I wonder if she’s out there–
Does she notice this unnatural swing in nature?
Will she adapt to it and continue, or will she flounder?

I wonder about our hectic pace of life…
Are our kinetic engagements having an ill affect on the animals around us?
Can they sense this unnatural urgency we have filled our lives with?

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Poem prompt from Cynthia Grady via Renée LaTulippe’s blog No Water River.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 7–Tanka & Ladybug

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From a poem prompt David Harrison gave us at Renee LaTulippe’s blog No Water River.

A LOVELY BEETLE

Can you guess my name?
“You’re lovely ladybug!”
Yes, but I’m really a
beetle, called ladybird, and
sometimes lady beetle.

Say, Coccinellidae,
That’s my family name.
Say it sloooooower now
Coc ci nell i dae, Yeah!
You got it Hooray!

We’re beetles cause of
our hard shells that hide our
graceful wings. Unlike
bugs we launch a larva
stage, then cocoon and grow.

Us ladybugs live
three years–eating pesty
plants–aphids, white flies,
and mites. We’re everywhere
helping plants stay healthy!

Our predators stay
far away due to our
most horrible taste.
Kindly keep your distance–
allow us a small space.

©2018 Michelle Kogan

 

 

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Poetry Friday-#NaPoWriMo day 5 Tanka & Painting

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Happy Poetry Friday, and National Poetry Month. I’ve had such a rich week perusing Jama Rattigan’s blog Jama’s Alphabet Soup and her postings of the many poets featuring poems this month! I’ve been following the Progressive Poem that Irene Latham began and will participate later this month on April 19th. Here on my blog I’m writing poems about flora and fauna with a bit of art too.

Today I have a very short tanka poem to encourage spring here in the midwest, she’s taking her sweet time. Spring bulbs are slowly emerging even with our winter like temps. I’m looking forward to some warm southern breezes. In addition I have another spring poem by Katherine Mansfield.

My Poems:
Poem one–  
DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES

APRIL’S BUDS

Peek-a-boo buds in
April’s garden, hiding
between tongues of green,
now’s your turn–don’t be shy–
Come on out, share your shine!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

VERY EARLY SPRING
by Katherine Mansfield

The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky–
So many white clouds–and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.

Read the rest of the poem at the Poem Hunter

Thanks to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup!

 

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#NaPoWriMo day 5 Poem & Cat

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APRIL’S MYSTERIES…

Scurry of three birds
gone in a flash–

Black cat sauntering
on a mission–

On April fifth
what else unfolds…

©2018 Michelle Kogan

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#NaPoWriMo day 4 haiku & watercolor

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midwest daffodils
ready, set, go–ignore
april’s snow!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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#NaPoWriMo Day 3-Poem for Shun Lee

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                                             ODE TO SHUN LEE
                                        When I walk by your lair
                                 I remember sadly you’re no longer there,
You wove a bond between us traveling from your nose, up and down your spine, and into your toes. You’d wait patiently for my arrival–nose to glass for endless hours–your
                   reward, free roam in our home. Now, you are King… King Lizard of  
                        everything, your wish is my only command. You gesticulate your reply,    
                           moving 
  your proud head up and down, signaling all is right hailing from    

      your sun-green birthright. I hope that you                               have found a perfect resting round, free of pain,                                                  full of scrumptious worms and no distain.  We will forever love                                              you dear Chinese  waterdragon Shun Lee, and finally,                                                                     here are kisses for thee, xox.

      ©2018 Michelle Kogan

 

This shape poem is from a prompt on Renée LaTulippe’s blog No Water River, from JaNay Brown-Wood, writer, storyteller, performer, and much, much more. She challenged us to write an Ode-Shape poem to a person or pet that we love. Thank you JaNay for this wonderful challenge! And thanks Renée for hosting JaNay!

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#NaPoWriMo Day 2 haiku & azaleas

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pink petals pose
perplexities or spring’s
possibilities

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

 

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#NaPoWriMo day 1–Letter Poem & Watercolor

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Dear April,

I’ve waited so many
seasons for your rebirth.
Anticipating my towering topaz tulips,
searching for my poeticus paper whites…
Oh woe is me–Dear April garden where can you be?
My crown jewel crocuses have barley opened,
my daffodils are dillydallying from the ground,
and Helleborus, I hear her laughing instead of waving hello.
Your wily wind wails out Patience–All will prevail.
And ah, what wonders appeared overnight as I waited…

Persistently Ever Yours, xox

Greta Green Thumb

© 2018 Michelle Kogan

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