Posted in Poetry, tanka

In the Water | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426 DEEP and Woe.

we lived in our house 
30 years, wrapped in sweet songs
as we fell asleep
     here, the currents cry havoc
     torrential rains...sinking boats

Copyright © 2022-09-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“WATER POWER IN A URBAN FLOOD” by bitsorf: Thank you 1,500,000 times is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Posted in Poetry, tanka

On the Wind | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424 BLEW & Skies.

gentle zephyr winds
blew the rain clouds before them
tidying the skies

polished blues and gold sunbeams
songs of joyful meadowlarks  

[tanka,] Copyright © 2022-08-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“Western Meadowlark” by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse

Posted in Poetry, tanka

Dreams and Stardust | Ronovan Writes Haiku Monday Poetry Challenge #421

Image credit: NASA/ESA/ESO/Wolfram Freudling et al. (STECF)
more stars in the sky
than grains of ancient sand
polished in the waves
       do galaxies live forever...or
       must dreams and stardust die

[tanka] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-02.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 421 SAND and Life.

Posted in Poem, Poetry, tanka

Sun and lesser stars | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 413

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 413: Divide and Rise.

Moon rise in starry sky over the desert.
twilight divides
blinding sun from cold desert rock ...
to sunrise from night

after sunset the moon and 
lesser stars show paths to home

Copyright © 2022-06-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image note: another beautiful night begin ! [Explored]” by Israel Nature Photography by Ary is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 .

Posted in Observations, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Community | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412: Beast and Steam.

Billy Pasco – Snow Monkeys – Unsplash
steam rises around
snow monkeys in their hot springs
as they share the warmth

the beastly thing about winter
is how to not turn to ice

Copyright © 2022-05-30, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash.

Note: A snow monkey is also known as a Japanese macaque.

Posted in nature, Poetry, tanka

Tours to the past | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407

“Barker Dam Trailhead, 8/20/15” by Joshua Tree National Park
is marked with CC PDM 1.0.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407

high desert footpaths
wend their way through cragged canyons
and Joshua trees
               massive boulders and arches
               old gold mines and dreams 

© 2022-04-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photos by Liz Bennefeld.

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

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.

Posted in Poetry, tanka

Smoky waters | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.

smoke on the water
mimicking a hazy day
no air left to breathe
        river banks guide sullen streams
        as they creep toward the sea

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-03-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Smoke on the Water” by -mtnoxx- is marked with CC BY 2.0.

Note: My poem is not representative of the actual river or the condition of its water. Just a hazy, moody scene .

Posted in nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Rocks and Spider Webs #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 395

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 395 CRUST and Scar.

"NCA 17 Orton Fells - Great Asby Scar NNR" by naturalengland is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Limestone Pavements
limestone scars   
thrust up through Earth's crust   
white pavement   
      abrasions by glaciers    
      where spiders string their webs   
      [tanka.] Copyright © 2022-01-31, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Reference: “The Limestone Pavements of Orton Fells”, by Kaushik Patowary, The Amusing Planet, 10 April 2015.

Image: “NCA 17 Orton Fells – Great Asby Scar NNR” by naturalengland is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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 folklore, micropoetry, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Webs of Dreams | #Ronovan Writes #Haiku #Challenge 366

lake, trees, clouds and stars
Image by RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay

intertwined branches
create a web of shadows
weaving dark with light

scattered clouds and glowing stars
mirrored in a breathless lake

Copyright © 2021•07•12, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 366 WEAVE and Web

 

Posted in folklore, micropoetry, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Nature Walks | #Ronovan Writes #Haiku Challenge 360

CHT207479 Will-o’-the-wisp and Snake (colour litho); by Hendrich, Hermann (b.1856) (after); colour lithograph; Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; Archives Charmet; German, out of copyright

wills-o’-the-wisp float
through the damp and misty air
searching out pathways…
sights that you don’t want to see
tracks down which you should not go

Copyright © 1 June 2021, by Liz Bennefeld.

 

#Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 360 AIR and Wisp.

 

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 life through my windows, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Uncategorized, Writing

Silly songs | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Weekly Challenge 348

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 348 FOOL and Head

coreopsis flowers
Garden Flowers

nodding flower heads
warm beneath the summer sun
dream of autumn days
crickets laze about and chirp
silly songs in cool, dark shade

Copyright © 2021-03-09, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in life through my windows, NaHaiWriMo, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Uncategorized, Writing

Long-Term Caring

tiger lilies
Remembering

patio for guests
within call if she awakes…
the scent of lilies

a stray whiff of her perfume
the memory of her voice

Copyright © 2021-02-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.

(NaHaiWriMo 2021, Day 23)

Photo from the archives of Lizl Bennefeld, photographer.

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 life through my windows, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Look forward to Spring | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340 RELEASE and Simple.

release from darkness
simple joy in springtime’s breeze
relax into peace

whispering of butterflies
morning songs of cheerful birds

Copyright © 2021-01-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image by Ronny Overhate from PixabayPixabay

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

Puppy Time | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 335

coffee with the Scamper

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 335 Curl and Paw

my dog falls asleep
his head resting on his paws
curled up in my lap

he naps while I drink coffee
then we walk around the block

Copyright © 2020-12-07, by Lizl Bennefeld.