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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.

Image by Ruthann Wagner from Pixabay

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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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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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

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com
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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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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Different Paths | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #23

I try to not give advice or naively follow others'.
Situations may not be the same for you as for me. 
Our dialogues, though, could reveal 
more options and new paths. 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-19.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #23.
Use ADVICE as your inspiration this week.

Photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash

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Reach for the stars | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22

sweat and tears will not achieve anything 
          without a goal to reach
goals emerge where dreams are fed and watered
          tended, pruned back, and shaped
anchored to earth and reaching the sky...
          soon to build a longer bridge

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-15.

Starship | Artist Rendering” by Official SpaceX Photos is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 .

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22.
Use ACHIEVEMENT as your inspiration this week.

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As the world spins | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21

as the world around us changes
            so must the long-term goals
common practices and mindsets
            have failed through the years
as the rungs on life's ladder break . . .
             I will learn to walk on air

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-07.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21.
Use GOALS as your inspiration this week.

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Dreams on the water | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19.

“The Milky Way”

stars and the waxing moon's face
     float ahead, mirrored in the lake
like ghosts calling to the living, 
     loon songs echo from the hills
dreams entangled in the heavens
     melt away as the rain begins

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-20.

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19: Dreams.

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Roads not taken

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #18: Regrets.

Photographer: Jacek Mleczek
regret does not mean taking up
        a heavy burden of remorse
or wearing sackcloth and ashes
       boldly displayed or hid  away
regrets are faded dreams of other paths
       that we had no need to follow

Copyright 2022-07-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Thoughts upon reading the prompt for this week called to mind Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken“. I always found its message to be optimistic and reassuring.

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Tasks at hand | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17. Use WORK as your inspiration this week

spring planting
the work of our hands as we
          prepare the soil for planting 
the fruits of the land and the dirt
         that holds their seeds in trust
the weight of every harvest rests
         with cherishing a fertile earth 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-06.

Image: “Spring Planting Day” by sgrace is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Another way | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16. Use PARTY as your inspiration this week

too late to the party—the fires are out, the guests moved on
a cloudy sky—no moonlit path or guiding stars to point the way
light will surely come at dawn with signs and roads to follow 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-29.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

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Flowering seasons | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15 rev.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15. Use Summer as your inspiration this week.

woodland flowers revel in spring
      before tree leaves block summer's light
summer sun and springtime flowers 
      mingle as they appear and leave
with fall's cool days and longer nights
      Joe-Pye-weed and gentian bloom 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-22.

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Erwin Schrödinger’s Kittens | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #14

reality is the sum  
        of  everything that is and isn't

changed and constantly changing... 
        endless causes and effects

permanent uncertainty till
        all the universes end  

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-16

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #14. Use Reality as your inspiration this week.

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In our hands | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #13

the future that I will not live  
        must wait its turn while I take mine  
the tasks I do are for today—  
        tomorrow's fall to others' hands  
tomorrow and the years to come  
        will all depend on yesterdays  

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-08.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #13. Use FUTURE as your inspiration this week.

Image by winterseitler from Pixabay

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Roses and bright lights | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12

romance began in moonlight
     sparkling fireworks and stars
sentiments and shared interests
     reading the same library books
differences in opinions while
    still setting common goals 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-02.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12. Use ROMANCE as your inspiration this week.

In truth, I didn’t know what to write for this theme. But we celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary, this year. Lives and relationships build on the beginnings, and as the layers form, they firm up the surfaces. Make them stronger, yet more flexible. Comfortable as the layers of life work together. Common trust that can sustain relationships through difficulties. Who would have thought it?

Photo by Sowren DB on Unsplash

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Silence is a Sound | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11

lizl bennefeld, photographer
beneath a sullen sky that promises 
                        rain which does not fall
gossip between leaves and branches 
          is quiet as the vanished breeze 
with bated breath fields and woodlands 
                 anticipate the coming storms 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-25, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11.
Use EXCITEMENT as your inspiration this week.


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The stuff of life | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash
i don't remember high school
          my life flew by in a blur
band and choir rehearsals
          trumpet, keyboard, and french horn
but the winters...lying in the snow 
          to watch the night sky's changing face 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-15, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9.
Use HIGH SCHOOL as your inspiration this week.

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Contemplating creation | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

Photo by James Bowen on Unsplash
the world was created in a day...in a blink of the eye
hidden from view by a heavy mist that vanished with the dawn
the heron contemplates breakfast while silver minnows swim by

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-05, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

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Early Morning | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

Sunrise Dawn by Kristine Weilert
through the fragrant mist of daybreak 
          promise of clear morning skies
waking birds murmur soft greetings 
          as they stretch their wings to fly
while the birds of the night
          sink into rest and lullabies

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-28, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

“Sunrise Dawn Photo” by Kristine Weilert (Stocksnap) is marked with CC0 1.0..

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Forest glade

forest glade in spring
how gracefully the new leaves
  flutter in the morning breeze
shadows dance along the path,
  fade and disappear again
noon arrives but does not stop,
  allowing room for twilight

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-21, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #6

Forest glade in spring” by sunsju is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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Naming the dead

Lizl Bennefeld, © 2022-03-19
we number and name our dead
        those we  have known or knew about 
the lists grow longer with each night
        that passes, each lingering breath
the last breaths that we'll count are ours...
       freed from numbers and the names


© Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-03-26.

I wrote this poem, today, in reaction to the one that Jo Walton posted on her Patreon account earlier today.