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Summer Pastures | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 449

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safe behind the gate 
the sheep stare open-mouthed at
hikers staring back

copyright © 2023-02-14, by lizl bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 449 DOOR and Open.

NaHaiWriMo 2023

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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)

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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)

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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)

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April’s Blow | #NaPoWriMo2019, Na/GloWriMo2019

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March comes in as a lion … and April buries the road by which it leaves.

January’s cold
is sharp but somehow peaceful
unlike April’s storms

like cyclones over water
Spring adds fury to its snow

Copyright © 2019-04-10, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Source: April’s Blow on my Quiet Spaces Blog

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Day 9: Who We Were | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to April 9, to the Pilgrimage prompt, and wander a bit through the family tree. My mother was a genealogist, among other things, and we kids got to do research, each in our turn.

Who We Were
[still a rough draft]

Our people came from Iowa
by way of the Norman invasion,
Mayflower I and II, the Winthrop Fleet
by way of rivers on diverse craft
neighbors with neighbors
towns moving together

They arrived in the Firelands
then settled in Iowa and
opened South Dakota—farms
were lost behind the dam, so
back to small-town Iowa

Penneys went into retail, catalog sales
A connection of “our” Bennetts sent
Stanley to find Livingston
the Deans made sausage, and the
Gallops (Kolopp, from Alsace) took polls

The grocery store owner in
South Dakota patented a plow
the Carters served in India
as Methodist missionaries
Evangeline Ink wrote an exposé
novel about TB camp swindles

My generation and the next have been
lawyers, executives, freelancers, clerks
writing and publishing books,
poetry. textbooks, and many stories
nurses caring for the injured and elderly,
builders, handcrafters, quilters,
artists, musicians

Myself, I grow wild flax
in the backyard garden, take naps
with the puppy dogs, make up recipes
and do the laundry, play piano, and
hold my husband close to my heart

I read only as many books in a week
as I write poems, a photo for most
no children, but a library
gathered over a lifetime
determined to leave no book unread…
always buying more

There’s always time to write a poem…
time to read a book

Copyright © 2018-04-10, by Elizabeth W. “Lizl” Bennefeld.

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