Posted in Poem, Writing, Poetry, nature, senryu, Lifestyle

Winter’s Masks #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 394

sight for sore eyes

vast winter landscape
the blinding glare of the sun
snow goggles or masks

[senryu.] Copyright © 2022-01-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Daniel Lincoln on Unsplash

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 394 GLARE and Mask.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Poetry

Slurpee waves | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 390

winter surfboard rides  
on the ocean's slushy crests
blending season joys  

Copyright © 2021-12-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 390 BLEND and Slush.

The inspiration for the haiku comes from Nantucket’s Waves Are Turning to Slush in Extreme Cold by Zain Haidar (February 27, 2015 on The Weather Channel).

Posted in nature, Poetry, senryu

Blue as the azure sky | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 388

azure bluets
adorned with the sky’s color
content in the world

© Lizl Bennefeld

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 388 BLUE(s) and World(s)

“bluets-644” by jmunt is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Posted in nature, Poetry

Heartsease | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 387

tricolored flowers
refuge from the pains of life
ease for aching hearts

© Lizl Bennefeld

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 387 COLOR(ed/s) and Three.

Image credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Posted in nature, November, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Winter’s sleep | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 385 Leaves & Mound

Nature’s Blankets
dead leaves on the ground
spread out across the landscape
not piled up or bagged

beneath their winter blankets
seeds and insects sleep til spring

Copyright © 2021-11-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 385
LEAF(leaves) & Mound(s).

Posted in everydayinspiration, micropoetry, napowrimo, national-poetry-month, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Micropoem | joy and sadness

wrap yourself in quiet
put sadness aside
look past pain to joy

deep rivers carve their way through stone
falling tears both heal and burn

[micropoem]. Copyright © 2021-04-27, by Liz Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 355 SAD and Thrill

Photo by Alex Williams on Unsplash

Posted in national-poetry-month, nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Lightning Strike | Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 353

lightning branches out
its particles swift to find
short paths to the ground

as bolts inflame the treetops
the earth trembles at the sound

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2021-04-13

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 353 BRANCH and Swift

Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

Posted in Haiku, life through my windows, NaHaiWriMo, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Golden Song | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 345

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 345 Bird and Blow

autumn breeze
gold water ripples
sparrow song

Copyright © 2021-02-015, by Lizl Bennefeld.

NaHaiWriMo (Day 15)

Photography credits on photo attachment pages (click photo to access).

Posted in Haiku, life through my windows, NaHaiWriMo, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Remember Spring | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 344 #tanka

Claws of Ice

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 344 BITE and Teeth.

the biting winds sculpt
icy teeth on bare branches
freeze my hands and face

early spring’s sudden ice storms
coat the trees and city streets

Copyright © 2021-02-08, by Lizl Bennefeld.

NaHaiWriMo (Day 8)

Posted in Haiku, NaHaiWriMo, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Cold Moon Kiss | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 343

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 343 BARE and Full

full moon snow landscape shadows
Moonlight Shadows

full cold moon
bare branch silhouettes
planets kiss

Copyright © 2021-02-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image by GooKingSword from Pixabay

Context: “The decade is ending with a full cold moon kiss”, The Lonely Planet (December 2019).

NaHaiWriMo (Day 2)

Posted in life through my windows, nature, Personal, Photoart, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Scented Water | #RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt 322

open flower (blue) in sunlight, see-through petals, shadow of pollinator's wings inside
Dew & Sunlight

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 322 Cup&Sip

sip the morning dew
caught in nature’s perfumed cup
sweetened by sunlight
each new day is made for joy
revealed or in the making

Copyright © 2020-09-07, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Early Spring | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Weekly Challenge 294 Chaste/Taste

red clover flowers in my back yard
Red Clover

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #294 Chaste&Taste

spring is early come
water falls through cracks and rills
running in pure joy
smell sweet pollen in the air
taste clover’s cheery flowers

Copyright © 2020-02-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.
All rights reserved.

Synonym: chaste=pure

Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, life through my windows, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

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

Piano sheet music, aged

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

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Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, nature, Poem, Poetry, Writing

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…


Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, nature, Poem, Poetry, Writing

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.



Posted in grief, life through my windows, nature, Poem, Poetry, Retrospection

After Storms (a July poem)

birds' nest beneath the roof

feathers too few…cold
your dead bodies in my hands
wings broke, unused

no one can block the bitter
winds or stop the icy rain

Copyright © 2018-07-03, Lizl Bennefeld.

Too many years in a row, storms too many and too strong. Too many birds dead before they learn to fly. I love the birds, their songs and winks, their nods and whispers. There are fewer, now. I miss them.

*Reprinted from my The Art of Disorder WordPress blog.


Posted in nature, November, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Wednesday’s November Poem of the Day: Strange Lights



Fireflies in the Woods*

glow fly swarms
mark the forest path
pale gold light

faint the star roads overhead
no clear paths that lead to home

Copyright © 2018-11-29, by Liz Bennefeld.

*Click photo for attribution or click here.

This and the previous poems from my November Poem-A-Day challenge, can be found at my Blogger blog The Art of Disorder. I have still have five to write from notes, revise, or rewrite. When they’re ready, I will add them to the site in order according to the date the prompts were posted to our email group of participating poets. Actually, this was Thursday’s poem. ::sigh::


Posted in life through my windows, Lifestyle, nature, November, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

#RonovanWrites #Haiku : Wins and Losses

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #229 Win&Lose

I have lost and won
but looking back, I can’t tell
losses from the wins

roads that turn and twist can change
the balance of a life

Copyright © 2018-11-28, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in nature, November, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Today’s November Poem of the Day

a view of a lake inlet from the top of a hill

The prompt for 27 November is from NaHaiWriMo: echo

Originally posted on my Blogger site for this poem-a-day challenge during NaNoWriMo: Heart Songs. I am only behind by 7 poems, now.

breaking dawn
light’s path across the valleys
calls of birds in flight

the echo of my heart’s song
the harmony of the hills

Copyright © 2018-11-27, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Finding the way | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Chance & Unite

Written in response to Ronovan Writes Haiku Weekly Challenge #208: Chance & Unite.

crows gathering in the neighborhood
Returning Home

chance winds scatter us…
unite the senses with the will
to bring us home

Copyright © 2018-07-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Strength in Numbers

gathering numbers
flying in good weather…then
resting—gaining strength

Copyright © 2018-07-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in daily post, nature, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, Writing

In or Out? Prompt: Fence

garden fence, our backyard fence, and neighbors' wire mesh fences
The Scampers & Three Fences

there’s new mesh fencing
just outside our backyard fence…
keeping rabbits out

hidden in my flower garden
new burrow, new-sown seed

Copyright © 2018-06-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Our backyard neighbors, being annoyed at the neighborhood rabbits eating in the backyards, have put mesh fencing (“chicken wire”) along our ~120-foot fence. And so the rabbits have no quick way to escape into our yard when chased. Last fall, we bought a set of sturdy metal decorative fencing units to keep the Scampers from wandering through my wildflowers, looking for lost toys, found bunnies, or interesting ‘tween-meal snacks.

This morning, the first outing of the day, before the rain started up, again, I spotted a section of the wildflower garden with no vegetation towering over flowers. Sure enough! Needing a safe place to hide a family, the rabbit dug a burrow in the midst of my wildflowers. Cleared a swath! That would be the rabbit that the Scampers chased out of the yard when we first came out.

rabbit burrow (close-up) in the midst of the garden.
Home, Sweet Home

In the renewed rainfall, I have scattered a packet of basil seeds and what was left of last year’s wildflower mix around the burrow in hopes that it will hide the entrance and keep out the afternoon’s bright sunlight. While I do pull out the long grass in the garden and nonflowering clover and such, I let volunteer flowers (sweet clover, a few dandelions, white campion, &c.) grow among the flowers for which I bought new seed.

Best wishes for your day!

The current rabbit population looks to be descendants of Sam’s Rabbit.