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Near, yet so far | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge Whole/Empty

PSM V58 D423 Rifts in the milky way photographed by barnard

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #272 Empty&Whole

empty of moonlight
a river of brilliant stars
across the whole sky
strewn farther than eyes can see
but nearer than childhood’s dreams

 

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2019/09/24. All rights reserved.

 

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All Together, Now | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Weekly #Challenge 268 Gratitude, Harmony

Piano sheet music, aged

harmony
many singers, many songs
of thankfulness

rooster’s hymn to morning’s light
wisdom of the owl’s “whoo”

Copyright © 2019-08-30, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

gratitude = thankfulness

Ronovan Writes Poetry Weekly Challenge

 

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Ask Some Questions | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 237

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge #237: Answer and Question

the world is flooded
by answers without questions—
no framework…failure!

ask vital questions
that went begging for answers—
research, findings…win!

Copyright © 2019-01-24, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Ah, well…

 

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Simple Answers | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Answer and Question

jet planes in flight
Lofted by the Wind

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge #237: Answer and Question

the wind calls out
and tree branches answer
its queries with joy

water ruffled by breezes
wings lofted in summer’s heat

Copyright © 2019-01-23, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

 

questions=queries

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#RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 230 – Leaves in the Snow

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #230 Exist&Today

Leaf and Snow

fragile tomorrows
promise of eternity
yesterday has passed

we exist in our todays
and that’s time enough for love

Copyright © 2018-12-03, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

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Dusk

red and grey clouds at sunset
At End of Day

 

soft light waning
sparrows settle into nests
hush of folding wings

Copyright (c) 2018-11-13, by Liz Bennefeld.

During November, a small group of us are writing a poem a day (with NaNoWriMo as an inspiration or motivator…or excuse). This is my poem for yesterday; the prompt I selected was write a “quiet” poem.

To avoid cluttering other blogs, I have been posting some (but not all) of my daily poems at theartofdisorder at blogspot dot com.

 

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Evening Walk

Also published this date on the Quilted Poetry blog and inspired by a photograph (third one from the top) on Thomas Gable’s post: Spring is Near on the blog When Timber Makes One Still.

honey-dark amber
reflected in the water
the sunset sky

dark clouds dot the surface
stepping-stones across the lake

Copyright © 2018-07-25, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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No Regrets

the colors of springtime
the scent of autumn’s falling leaves
non, je ne regrette rien

© Elizabeth W. Bennefeld, 2018-05-31.

Written in response to Mara Eastern’s (maraeastern[dot]com) post on that date on the discontinuation of WP’s weekly Photo Challenge (among too many other things). Her photos were better than mine, and more eclectic.

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Day 30, A Closing Poem | #NaPoWriMo2018

Today’s prompt, write a closing time poem.

I had thought there would be more feelings about…more active involvement in the act of my dying. Interaction with this new experience. Not simply waiting in the not-silence, listening to my breath in- and outing…all other sounds too far away. I slip into sleep. When I wake, I listen for the sound of breathing, check to see if it’s really mine. Somewhere along the line, it won’t be, anymore.

solitary room
sounds fade away, approach again
listening for forever

Copyright © 2018-04-30, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

 

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Day 24: Growing Up | #NaPoWriMo2018

hometown cemetery

Prompt for the day, Cayahoga library: List all the jobs you have had, including volunteer work and other unpaid jobs. Turn the list into a list poem by rearranging, repeating or just titling it. /Or/ write a poem about one of them.

I thought I’d stick to the jobs during grade school and high school, leaving out the gardening chores, since that really was free labor for the common good.

 

“It’s good for you”

My first jobs, tedious but
character- and muscle-building
picking rocks at springtime
in farmers’ fields
kids’ time is cheaper than repairs

Father rented us out by the day

The second summer job lasted
much shorter than it seemed
which was always and forever
clipping grass around stones
mowing the cemetery grounds
setting traps for ground squirrels
who spoiled painstaking work—
lugging pails of well water
to drown the pests or
drive them out

Should have stuck with the rock picking

The best job of my childhood
was selling door to door
in a small town every household
finds the need for more stationery
cards for none or all occasions
so their children find buyers, too

Pay-off was a week or two
each August far away from home
for private and group lessons,
ensemble, band and choir rehearsals

Brass ensemble work cost extra…
Worth the miles walked to get there

Copyright © 2018-04-24, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

 

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Day 8: Late Snowfall | #NaPoWriMo2018

tulip shoots, nibbled by rabbits between late snowstorms
Nibbled

tulips pushing through
loam to newly fallen snow
wait in line for spring

our rabbits, lacking new grass,
nibble tender tulip shoots

Copyright © 2018-04-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

We have a lot of rabbits in our yard and the surrounding neighborhood, which we appreciate, since they provide a lot of exercise for our dogs. First thing in the morning, they are eager to go outside and check for rabbits who’ve stayed out eating past the softer light of sunrise. They have such fun! Especially when the rabbits run off in different directions…or taunt the dogs by making an extra detour around the garden shed before slipping out through the fence.