Finishing out February


This week marked the official end of Laura Shovan’s February Poetry Project. Heading back to school after break and starting up the Slice of Life Challenge this week impacted my poetry writing, and not for the better.  Here are a couple of my ekphrastic poems from the past week. Considering how much I’ve enjoyed this month, I expect they won’t be my last!

Moon Song Connection.jpg

Moon Song Connection

We are each alone
in our wooden crafts
Adrift on textured blue seas
our stories wax and wane
Multiple washes
seep into our fabric
From shadow and light
patterns emerge

When you find your own
true keeper color
within your tilted craft
turn your face to the heavens
then croon your moonlit melody
fling the luminous notes of your life song
with wild abandon
skip them across the waves
to linger in salty breezes
until they reach,
another solitary voyager
in his own wooden craft
on his own textured blue sea
A connection as fragile
and magical
as a moonbeam

M. Hogan (c) 2018
inspired by the batik “Moon Song”
created by Lisa Kattenbraker

Indian Cotton Summer.jpg

Indian Cotton Summer

Watching the young girls
on the beach
she remembered
long-ago languid days
of sun-kissed promise
endless beach walks—
secrets shared and
futures planned—
and the soft swish of
her Indian cotton skirt
on her sand-flecked shins
Where had it gone?
Was it packed away
in a box somewhere?
Or had it simply disappeared
like so many other things—
some barely remembered
and others
keenly missed

M. Hogan (c) 2018
Acrylic on newsprint
by Laura Laughlin

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Renée LaTulippe at her blog, No Water River. She’s highlighting poet extraordinaire, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. Be sure to stop by and visit!



33 thoughts on “Finishing out February

  1. I miss all those quirky, lovely art prompts. I’ll have to go back and try to catch up at some point. Great job on yours. I have a poem using that first piece of art this week, too. 🙂

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  2. Irene Latham says:

    These are lovely, Molly… those connections… and I love questions in poems. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. lindabaie says:

    I’ve loved all your poem responses, Molly, enjoyed writing along with you! This time, I especially love that “Was it packed in a box somewhere?” Somehow it means more to me than the realistic idea. I suspect we all hold “boxes” of things in our memories. Thanks for sharing these.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’ve loved reading your poems as well, Linda. You always have an interesting take on these prompts. I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic and unsettled lately, and I think a lot of that is emerging in my poetry.

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      • lindabaie says:

        I’m glad we had this poetry month to lean in, but it’s been a really hard month, no surprise to be unsettled and nostalgic for easier days. Hugs and keep writing!

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  4. maryleehahn says:

    What a great month of poetry you’ve had!

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  5. I am in love with “Moon Song” and your response, especially the “connection as fragile/and magical/as a moonbeam.” What a wonderful month of poetry! What treasures will April bring?

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  6. Now don’t be too hard on yourself, Molly! Two beautiful poems that didn’t exist before this week… so what if there weren’t more. You were creative in other ways. 🙂 Your first poem reminds me of the quote I shared in my blog post… about teachers and students being fellow travelers.

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  7. Alice Nine says:

    Great poems, Molly. These two art pieces were among my favorites. It was a fun and challenging month.

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  8. Well done, well done!! The creation of any poem is an act worth celebrating, whether it’s two or two hundred!

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  9. srebeccan says:

    It was so fun doing the Ekphrastic poems and it was already great to read one of yours!

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  10. The stimulus a poet derives from a visual cue often reveals a quite magical connection. Thank you sharing more of your Ekphrastic poems Molly. I particularly enjoyed your reference to memory -‘some barely remembered, others keenly missed’ in your poem, Indian Cotton Summer.

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  11. Kay Mcgriff says:

    It’s been a great month of reading and writing poetry together! I’ve enjoyed all your poems and your encouraging words through the month! These two are lovely.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It’s been great writing with you as well–what a fantastic community! I found myself missing poetry writing today and had to carve out some time to play. Withdrawal, I guess!


  12. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    Love the artwork, love the poems. Beautiful work!

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  13. I love the voice and imagery in Moon Song Connection. What a wonderful poem!

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  14. haitiruth says:

    I love all your clever batik references in the first poem. So fun! Ruth,

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  15. Thanks for sharing these here, Molly – I had not had time to read a lot of the poems posted on the FB page, and these are so heartfelt and beautifully worded.

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  16. Myra GB says:

    I’ve always considered myself having this love affair with the moon, so your moon-song connection spoke to me a great deal. Enjoy your week!

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