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Forest walk | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #29

Photo by Anna Kapustina on Pexels.com
Crackling leaves beneath my feet
     hide the sight of lingering green.
Squirrels run high above my head
     harvesting their forest feasts.
As evening wanes an owl asks Whoo?
      Whoo? scurries home to sleep and dreams.

Copyright © 2022-09-27., by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #29.
Use AUTUMN as your inspiration this week.

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Light and darkness | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #28

"Milky Way over Lake McDonald" by GlacierNPS is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.
without mud and water, the lovely lotus flowers will not grow
without the sun, the moon could not mirror its beauty on the lake
joy and sorrow join together to create the fullness of life

Copyright © 2022-09-21., by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #28.
Use BALANCE as your inspiration this week.

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Broken bones | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #26

tenacious winds sweep ocean sands
          higher up eroded  beaches 
fallen trees tangle barren branches
          with bleaching bones and roots 
the sea is naked ... footprints turned to clay ...
           bird songs echo from the past 

Copyright © 2022-09-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #26.
Use PERSISTENCE as your inspiration this week.

Skeleton” by fw42 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Flying | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #27

“Soaring eagle” by PimGMX is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Aloft, eagles quarter their hunting space...
       float on rivers in the sky.
They hunt in pairs, often four birds or six...
      their sharp eagle eyes.
In dreams I float high above empty city streets,
      not knowing who I search for.

Copyright © 2022-09-16., by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #27.
Use SOAR as your inspiration this week.

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In the Water | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426 DEEP and Woe.

we lived in our house 
30 years, wrapped in sweet songs
as we fell asleep
     here, the currents cry havoc
     torrential rains...sinking boats

Copyright © 2022-09-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“WATER POWER IN A URBAN FLOOD” by bitsorf: Thank you 1,500,000 times is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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New Creations | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #25

“Water from all sides” by PeterThoeny is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
breathe in deeply…find more space for sounds and thoughts and dreaming
taste the mingling currents as the world shifts from now to new
inspiration is the stuff by which creation is made

Copyright © 2022-09-03., by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #25. Use INSPIRATION as your inspiration this week.

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Troubled Times | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #24

Brett Sayles, Pexels
within every hardship, opportunities are buried
skills to hone, talents to discover, knowledge to be gained  
at the end—success or failure—satisfaction is the prize  

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-24.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #24.
Use ADVERSITY as your inspiration this week.

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On the Wind | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424 BLEW & Skies.

gentle zephyr winds
blew the rain clouds before them
tidying the skies

polished blues and gold sunbeams
songs of joyful meadowlarks  

[tanka,] Copyright © 2022-08-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“Western Meadowlark” by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse

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Different Paths | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #23

I try to not give advice or naively follow others'.
Situations may not be the same for you as for me. 
Our dialogues, though, could reveal 
more options and new paths. 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-19.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #23.
Use ADVICE as your inspiration this week.

Photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash

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Reach for the stars | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22

sweat and tears will not achieve anything 
          without a goal to reach
goals emerge where dreams are fed and watered
          tended, pruned back, and shaped
anchored to earth and reaching the sky...
          soon to build a longer bridge

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-15.

Starship | Artist Rendering” by Official SpaceX Photos is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 .

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22.
Use ACHIEVEMENT as your inspiration this week.

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As the world spins | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21

as the world around us changes
            so must the long-term goals
common practices and mindsets
            have failed through the years
as the rungs on life's ladder break . . .
             I will learn to walk on air

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-07.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21.
Use GOALS as your inspiration this week.

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Dreams and Stardust | Ronovan Writes Haiku Monday Poetry Challenge #421

Image credit: NASA/ESA/ESO/Wolfram Freudling et al. (STECF)
more stars in the sky
than grains of ancient sand
polished in the waves
       do galaxies live forever...or
       must dreams and stardust die

[tanka] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-02.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 421 SAND and Life.

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Dreams on the water | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19.

“The Milky Way”

stars and the waxing moon's face
     float ahead, mirrored in the lake
like ghosts calling to the living, 
     loon songs echo from the hills
dreams entangled in the heavens
     melt away as the rain begins

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-20.

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19: Dreams.

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Roads not taken

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #18: Regrets.

Photographer: Jacek Mleczek
regret does not mean taking up
        a heavy burden of remorse
or wearing sackcloth and ashes
       boldly displayed or hid  away
regrets are faded dreams of other paths
       that we had no need to follow

Copyright 2022-07-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Thoughts upon reading the prompt for this week called to mind Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken“. I always found its message to be optimistic and reassuring.

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Tasks at hand | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17. Use WORK as your inspiration this week

spring planting
the work of our hands as we
          prepare the soil for planting 
the fruits of the land and the dirt
         that holds their seeds in trust
the weight of every harvest rests
         with cherishing a fertile earth 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-06.

Image: “Spring Planting Day” by sgrace is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Dance in light | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 417

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 417 BREAK and Dance.

Vilhem Hammershøi, Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, 1900
dust motes dance
caught by the sunbeams
break of day

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-04.

Image: “Vilhem Hammershøi, Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, 1900” by bianca.maggio is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0. To view the terms, visit https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/?ref=openverse.

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Another way | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16. Use PARTY as your inspiration this week

too late to the party—the fires are out, the guests moved on
a cloudy sky—no moonlit path or guiding stars to point the way
light will surely come at dawn with signs and roads to follow 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-29.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

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Flowering seasons | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15 rev.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15. Use Summer as your inspiration this week.

woodland flowers revel in spring
      before tree leaves block summer's light
summer sun and springtime flowers 
      mingle as they appear and leave
with fall's cool days and longer nights
      Joe-Pye-weed and gentian bloom 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-22.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Poem, Poetry

Big and Little Bears | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 414

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #HaIku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 414: Guide and Slip.

dusk slips into night
as northern guide stars appear
to point the way home

Copyright © 2022-06-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image: Wikipedia (HubbleTelescope/Public Domain).

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor mean, in English, big bear and little bear.

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Erwin Schrödinger’s Kittens | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #14

reality is the sum  
        of  everything that is and isn't

changed and constantly changing... 
        endless causes and effects

permanent uncertainty till
        all the universes end  

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-16

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #14. Use Reality as your inspiration this week.

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In our hands | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #13

the future that I will not live  
        must wait its turn while I take mine  
the tasks I do are for today—  
        tomorrow's fall to others' hands  
tomorrow and the years to come  
        will all depend on yesterdays  

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-08.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #13. Use FUTURE as your inspiration this week.

Image by winterseitler from Pixabay

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Sun and lesser stars | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 413

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 413: Divide and Rise.

Moon rise in starry sky over the desert.
twilight divides
blinding sun from cold desert rock ...
to sunrise from night

after sunset the moon and 
lesser stars show paths to home

Copyright © 2022-06-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image note: another beautiful night begin ! [Explored]” by Israel Nature Photography by Ary is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 .

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Roses and bright lights | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12

romance began in moonlight
     sparkling fireworks and stars
sentiments and shared interests
     reading the same library books
differences in opinions while
    still setting common goals 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-02.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12. Use ROMANCE as your inspiration this week.

In truth, I didn’t know what to write for this theme. But we celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary, this year. Lives and relationships build on the beginnings, and as the layers form, they firm up the surfaces. Make them stronger, yet more flexible. Comfortable as the layers of life work together. Common trust that can sustain relationships through difficulties. Who would have thought it?

Photo by Sowren DB on Unsplash

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Community | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412: Beast and Steam.

Billy Pasco – Snow Monkeys – Unsplash
steam rises around
snow monkeys in their hot springs
as they share the warmth

the beastly thing about winter
is how to not turn to ice

Copyright © 2022-05-30, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash.

Note: A snow monkey is also known as a Japanese macaque.

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Silence is a Sound | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11

lizl bennefeld, photographer
beneath a sullen sky that promises 
                        rain which does not fall
gossip between leaves and branches 
          is quiet as the vanished breeze 
with bated breath fields and woodlands 
                 anticipate the coming storms 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-25, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11.
Use EXCITEMENT as your inspiration this week.


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Peonies and Roses | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410

the king of flowers...
fragrant blooms on slender stems
the peony tree

the queen of flowers open
on rose bushes with sharp thorns

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-05-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410 KING and Queen.

“Peony and Rose” by Doolallyally is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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The stuff of life | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash
i don't remember high school
          my life flew by in a blur
band and choir rehearsals
          trumpet, keyboard, and french horn
but the winters...lying in the snow 
          to watch the night sky's changing face 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-15, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9.
Use HIGH SCHOOL as your inspiration this week.

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Contemplating creation | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

Photo by James Bowen on Unsplash
the world was created in a day...in a blink of the eye
hidden from view by a heavy mist that vanished with the dawn
the heron contemplates breakfast while silver minnows swim by

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-05, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

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Early Morning | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

Sunrise Dawn by Kristine Weilert
through the fragrant mist of daybreak 
          promise of clear morning skies
waking birds murmur soft greetings 
          as they stretch their wings to fly
while the birds of the night
          sink into rest and lullabies

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-28, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

“Sunrise Dawn Photo” by Kristine Weilert (Stocksnap) is marked with CC0 1.0..

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Tours to the past | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407

“Barker Dam Trailhead, 8/20/15” by Joshua Tree National Park
is marked with CC PDM 1.0.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407

high desert footpaths
wend their way through cragged canyons
and Joshua trees
               massive boulders and arches
               old gold mines and dreams 

© 2022-04-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photos by Liz Bennefeld.

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Forest glade

forest glade in spring
how gracefully the new leaves
  flutter in the morning breeze
shadows dance along the path,
  fade and disappear again
noon arrives but does not stop,
  allowing room for twilight

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-21, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #6

Forest glade in spring” by sunsju is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.