Posted in Life Happens, Poem, Retrospection

Question and response

A little bit of musings, here, reading through the vast range of events, personal opinions and reactions. I suspect that by the time it would take me to sort out and understand everything, the world will have moved on. — EWB

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Etched in sand | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 404

memories etched in sand

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 404 Eyes and Sand

moonlight on the waves
as far as my eyes can see
pebbles on the shore

        I still hear you whispering
        that you someday will return 

copyright © 2022-04-04, by lizl bennefeld

Photo by Giuseppe Famiani on Unsplash

Synonym: pebbles = sand.

Posted in Life Happens, nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Waiting | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 403

Lighthouse and Storm

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 403 TOWER and Watch

watching ocean waves
from atop  the lighthouse tower—
softly on the rocks

     make the windows watertight
     firm against late autumn storms

copyright © 2022-03-28, by lizl bennefeld

Lighthouse And Storm (Explored)” by jarr1520 is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0. (Not modified.)

The haiku form (Impending Storm) can be found on my blog, Quietude and Tea.

Photo by cottonbro on

Oddly, I don’t seem to have an image to go with this. It’s late at night, once again, and again I am at my keyboard, the dogs at the foot of the bed. I like this time of the night because everything around me has come to rest…except for me. I appreciate the quiet.

Good night!

thoughts and second thoughts
present themselves past midnight
choices made in haste

words spoken and unspoken
might swap places if they could

Copyright © 2021/08/09, by Lizl Bennefeld.


Posted in Haiku, Life Happens, Poem, Poetry, Writing

A New Day Coming | #Ronovan Writes Weekly #Haiku Challenge 337 Open & Solace

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 337 OPEN and Solace

heights, horizon, clouds, sky,
Joy & Peace

open book
comfort of silence
blank pages

open sky
clouds in the distance
cooling wind

all’s at peace
new pathways appear
venture on

 Copyright © 2020-12-21, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Xan Griffin on Unsplash

Posted in Life Happens, napowrimo, national-poetry-month, Personal, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Forgiveness | #NaPoWriMo Day 30 and possibly Day 29

This poem wound itself through two prompts. The first, a prompt for Day 29, began with “What is one childhood activity you particularly hated…?” and  followed up with “What would you rather have been doing instead?” Since the activity in question is “school”, I let that prompt rest. The prompt for Day 30, from the same source, was Forgiveness in four-line stanzas.

So, this rough draft (so as not to lose the idea, in case I should someday want to write a poem or two on the subjects) is what appeared.



I forgive myself for not being perfect,
not understanding all of what I see,
or knowing what you’re thinking
without one word from you.

I forgive myself for all I’ve learned
and for not knowing answers to
all the many questions others say
I should have sought out first.

I forgive myself for being an eccentric
(midst the cookie cutter worlds of labeled brands)
in a quiet world of wonder embroidered
with snow or flowers, soft winds, silent nights.

I forgive myself for being me,
for submerging in an inner world
that gathers in sights and sounds not
filtered through a million minds.

I do not need forgiveness for not
being who or what you need
at the moment of world crisis
or at any other point in time.

I was created to be unique with
my own desires and fascinations.
We explore without guilt, not yet sure
of all that’s here for us to find.

[rough draft, 1st rev.] © 2020-04-30, by Liz Bennefeld.

Image by Lee_seonghak from Pixabay

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, Haiku, Life Happens, life through my windows, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

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.


Posted in Life Happens, life through my windows, Lifestyle, Personal, Reflections, Update

Update: Reallocating resources

As with theartofdisorder dot net, I am also discontinuing my Personal plan at WordPress for quiltedpoetry dot net and reverting to the free plan with fewer amenities.  More of my writing is personal and on paper, these days, and I find myself wanting more time and attention available for other concerns.

I am continuing with my writing and increasingly, my photography. While I enjoy (crave?) interaction with people on a personal basis, engagement has decreased on the Internet over the decades. At the same time, my motivations and goals are changing.

I am not going away. However, I am reallocating resources.



Posted in Art, Life Happens, life through my windows, napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2018, Photography, Poetry

Day 14, Open Air Dining | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to yesterday’s poetry prompts list and write a poem to go with my favorite grasshopper photograph.

Brewer: “For today’s prompt, pick an insect (any insect), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Praying Mantis,” “Ants,” and “Grasshoppers.” I’ll even except other creepy crawlies, like spiders, slugs, and leeches (shiver). Sorry in advance if this prompt gives you the heebie-jeebies; feel free to use insect repellent in your verse.”

Suave Photo Subject (Photo © by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. All rights reserved).


one warm summer day
a debonair grasshopper
dines on a flower

spotting a street photographer
he grins between bites and bows

Copyright © 2018-04-14, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Originally published on The Moments Between blog.