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sounds of spring | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 447

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the bubbling laughter
springtime melt of mountain snow
water over stone

copyright © 2023-01-30, by lizl bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 447 BUBBLING and Creek.

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and the world still turns | Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #46

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fortune is another word for
     taking chances, not guarantees
life is filled with happenstance (sometimes
     Earth's core stops, then spins in reverse)
circumstances come with alternatives 
     and more than several points of view

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-25.

Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #46. Use FORTUNE as your inspiration this week.

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shades of evening | Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #45

Towering Storm
greys turn to darker shadows as the dusk sinks into night
echoes of the rising winds foretell a nearing winter storm
rest in the warm reassurance of family and friends

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-2o.

Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #45.
Use EMBRACE as your inspiration this week.

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Endless | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #44

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overwhelmed by the beauty
   of the stars in the cloudless sky

night's shadows deepen as the moon
   casts its reflection on the sea

light and darkness...the song and
   the silence of  eternity

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-14.

Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #44.
Use OVERCOME as your inspiration this week.

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Promises | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #43

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living on promises ...
vague and open to prolonged debates

generations shift perceptions,
changing meanings of the words

deeply etched on a far-off shore, 
truth remains after every storm

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-o8 (rev. 1/9).

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #43.Use PROMISE as your inspiration this week.

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Fraying Threads | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #42

memories, tattered and fragmented by chaos and time

twisted threads and patches that don't make sense anymore

mend your vision with bold colors, creating new from the old

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o22-12-3o.
Almanac Quilt, by Rhoda E. Berry.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #42. Use
RECOVER as your inspiration this week.

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Windows | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #41

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as the days and nights creep past, 
      one by one, a living stream

barren pastures, snow, and thirsty fields 
      hot stars and frigid moonlight

the gift of change to feed the minds and 
      eyes behind the windows

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o22-12-23.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #41.
Use GIFT as your inspiration this week.

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Retrospection | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #40

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I am on the journey of a lifetime...the ending is unknown.
The "now" is entrancing. I cannot see it all before it's flown.
I hope for a great ending and a comprehensive review.

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-12-20.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #40.
Use TRIP as your inspiration this week.

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in the moment | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #39

Only the present moment contains life.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
in the midst of outer chaos, quiet passion abides 
its pebbled path leads on to the shore's ruffled waves 
I arrive to each moment ... I am home in the now

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-12-10.

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Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #39.
Use QUOTE as your inspiration this week.

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Sound of Silence | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #37.

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so thankful that my peopled world is small and quiet
time enough and more to think...only echoes left behind
those will not slam the door as they too finally slip away

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-12-08.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #37.
Use THANKFUL as your inspiration this week.

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Changing seasons | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #38.

winds of late autumn lay bare
      the stark beauty of tree branches
the main wooden axis and the stem, 
      the tree's steady bole
though gales prune weaker limbs, 
      twigs hold forth their leaf buds at spring

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-12-03.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesda\y Poetry Challenge #38
Use REVEAL as your inspiration this week
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Posted in micropoetry, Poetry, tanka

like the wind

we are who we are
at the moment...in this moment
ephemeral
each unique, ever changing
becoming more of what we'll be

— lizl bennefeld, © 2022-12-01.

Winds of Change by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC-BY 2.0

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Hand in Hand | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #36.

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Free from fear but not free to ignore others—
       rights and obligations.
Freedom to work with one another 
       until the work gets done.
Your strength, my weakness—
       others' weaknesses may be our strengths.

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-11-20.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #36.
Use FREE as your inspiration this week.

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Common paths | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #35

Listen for the lights that sing messages our ears cannot hear. 
Look about for the voices that create our pathways step by step.
Feel guardian winds reveal the miracle that every life has been.

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-11-13.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #35.
Use COPE as your inspiration this week

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay

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After Dreams | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge 34

There are stacks of life's boxes in the closet, floor to ceiling.
Labels are fading, some beyond recognition...new ones still clear.
When we leave, we'll take dancing shoes and costumes, discard the rest.

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-11-02.

They Have Materialized” by Brett Kiger is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #34.
Use DANCE as your inspiration this week.

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Fall Harvest | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge 33

Enticing aromas of family dinner under apple trees
Fall harvest stored away, it's  time to celebrate together
Favorite songs and laughter swell as evening turns to starry night 

Copyright © 2022-10-31. by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #33.
Use WINNING as your inspiration this week.

Team 3 apple orchard” by USDA NRCS New Mexico
is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.

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It’s Entertainment | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #32

Mazed by the madness: Kaleidoscope colors!  Blinding lights!
Megaphones and microphones—endless big-screen shows of nothing.
The new wizards of aah! peek around transparent curtains.

Copyright © 2022-10-19 by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #32.
Use MAZE as your inspiration this week.

“kaleidoscope (93)” by lisafree54 is marked with CC0 1.0.

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Winter dreams | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 432

apple-picking time
the late October breezes
winter's in the wind
    it's time and past for sleeping . . .
    dreams of blossoms on the trees

© 2022-10-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 432 APPLE and Pick

spring apple blossoms” by Muffet is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Together | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #31

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In memory of those who presaged the roads we follow,
celebrate their achievements, faithful to their final goals.
Respect and welcome others as we pave the way to peace.

Copyright © 2022-10-12 by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #31.
Use FESTIVAL as your inspiration this week.

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Movies of the mind | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #30

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From the first, I remember music
     pour from our old radio,
My parents sang and danced before
      they gently laid me down to sleep. 
Memories sweet and timeless, 
       still alive as I've grown old. 
      .

Copyright © 2022-10-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #30.
Use MOVIES as your inspiration this week.

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Forest walk | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #29

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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