On this first Friday of September, Linda at TeacherDance has hosting duties. Her poem about summer ending and school beginning reminds me of "Now" by Prince Redcloud.
Are you interested in a poetry challenge? The September #poetrypals challenge is the Definito, created by poet Heidi Mordhorst,
This week, I have the wonderful work of Michelle Kogan. She sent it to me for the Summer Poetry Swap. It's always a joy to get something from Michelle. I love the journal she handmade and will carry it with me for sketching and writing.
Below is her poem. There is indeed mystique in our feathered friends. They are magical in the way they flit here and there.
FEATHERED FRIEND MYSTIQUE..
Does sparrow magic amaze you?
How they tilt their head,
this way and that.
How they lilt their song
lively up and down.
Have you glimpsed them
on that high branch?
one wing than another.
Preen, preen, preening,
puff-fluffing head feathers,
noodling wings and all birdy things.
Oh joyous song they sing along
as if it's just for you.
Though really for their birdy loves
perched safely in that branchy shrub
W-a-y up above,
or in that shady tree.
But if you dare look too long,
or they catch you listening-
S-s-s-W-i-sh-Off they dash
in a flash-instantly.
Do you wander,
Were they ever
© 2022 Michelle Kogan
9/1/2022 07:10:36 pm
Oh wow. This is magic indeed. The combination of poem and Michelle's artwork always makes me smile.
9/1/2022 09:41:12 pm
Oh, wow, Michelle has captured the sparrow, words and art, so wonderfully. I love that ending, the flash and dash, gone! Lucky you, Jone!
9/2/2022 04:08:19 am
Oh, what a lovely poem about the sparrow, all the lilting sounds, magic indeed. Poetry and art are always such a treat from Michelle. She's so creative and generous. Thanks for sharing.
9/2/2022 04:50:21 am
Sparrows do amaze me! Thanks for sharing your Michelle lovelies...what bounty! I'm off to read "Now." Thank you. xo
9/3/2022 06:57:17 am
Lucky you, Jone--to receive an original painting along with this playful poem full of "noodling wings and all birdy things"! Enjoy your journal, too.
9/3/2022 02:52:37 pm
Hope sparrow brings some mystique your way Jone… Enjoy and Thanks for sharing!
9/3/2022 07:28:01 pm
What a playful poem gift! I have loved the poetry swaps this year (though I may have to up my game -- so many beautiful extras!). Dayenu!
9/4/2022 05:31:53 am
Classic Michelle Kogan! How fun that you'll have a notebook in which to capture your classic Jone Rush MacCulloch notes!
9/6/2022 04:30:09 pm
Thanks for sharing this wonderful swap gift. Michelle is a gifted artist. I can see you now carrying your new journal, snapping photos, and creating poems. Have a wonderful time walking through nature.
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