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National Poetry Month

This National Poetry Month, 2021, I have had (and still having) a lot of fun writing my poems. Mostly micropoetry, this year. I am thinking about continuing on with the writing for the rest of the evening, and nothing else is scheduled, and so I will watch the words and phrases floating past and catch a few here and there to work with. The Scamper pups have had their evening meal and are now asleep at the foot of my chair. Al is on his way to his favorite café for a cup of coffee, picking up a few things from the grocery store on the way home.

The poems that I have posted during NaPoWriMo 2021 are on my Quiet Spaces Journal: The Written Word at Home.

I am still writing for another three or four hours.

Lizl Bennefeld

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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.

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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.

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November 2020’s 30 days and 30 poems

bookshelves beside my rocking chair
Rewriting the World

For this year’s NaNoWriMo/National Novel Writing Month, I once again took part, with a small email group, in writing a poem for each day. I posted them on my Quiet Spaces/The Written Word journal. The link below will take you to those 30 poems.

Poem a Day, November 2020.

I hope that you will find some that you enjoy.

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Raindrop Promises | #RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 Dust & Weed


 

 

beauty among weeds
wildflower seeds and moisture
raindrops in the dust

the sky adorned with rain clouds
nature’s glory is renewed

Copyright © 2020-10-19, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

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Unreasonable Weather | #RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt 319

misty window / unsplash site

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 319 Trip&Whip

rain whips my windows
on its journey through the sky
drops burst and fracture
fill the outside air with mist
and leave nothing else to breathe

Copyright © 2020-08-18, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Sofia Guaico on Unsplash

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Life’s slice of mud pie

life is getting thin
no life pie for me, today
guess I’m dieting
     the wedges ran together
     into piles of gooey mud
 
this day is ending
but there is still tomorrow
promising more days
     with sunny skies and dewdrops
     secrets whispered by the winds

Copyright © 2020-07-21, by Liz Bennefeld.

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You know you want to | Hug & Kiss #RonovanWrites #Haiku Week 315

the Pan Clade kisses
homo sapiens and chimps
we have the same needs

we want to feel wanted and
need to really feel the love

Copyright © 2020-07-20, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image by 7103983 from Pixabay
 

Discussion here: Hominidae – Wikipedia

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 315 Chimpanzee&Kiss

 

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Reaching for the Sky (a retrospective)

Outstretched Arms (© 2008-11-03)

“Reaching Together for the Sky”

I believe there comes a time—
wakening from doze or sleep—
when mind and body listen
to each other, and
between

one breath
and
the next

the mind hesitates,
then says, No more
and the body says,
No more…
and neither
takes that one last breath

“Reaching Together for the Sky”. Copyright © 2017-10-14, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld.

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Awake at midnight

I have idled away my time, while waiting to take my next dose of medication on schedule. I have written one of the three poems I need to complete the 30 poems for April’s Na/GloPoWriMo challenge.

hybrid tulips

as I slept, the sun
appeared and warmed the ground
I woke to tulips

Copyright © 2019-05-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Prompt from Na/GloPoWriMo, Day 29: Write a minimalist poem.

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Springtime thoughts

Leaf lost on concrete

 

I found myself considering the sadness of leaves and seeds that fall where they can neither decompose nor have the opportunity to germinate and grow. And so, on a (serious) whimsy, I promised the residue on the garage floor that when I was finished with taking their photographs, there, I would gather up them all and return them to the outdoors, where they may decay, or sprout, and live again.

mourning for the leaves on the garage floor
thrown out in new plastic bags
not renewing the soil

 

Copyright © 2019-04-15, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

I used a kimo instead of a haiku for this haibun.

 

 

 

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Day 11: Towards Joy | #NaPoWriMo2019, Na/GloWriMo2019

Joy of Springtime

 

drawn towards joy
changing of the seasons
gentle warmth

quiet melt of winter’s snow
springtime’s gift of sun and rain

 

Copyright © 2019-04-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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This poem was also posted to my Quiet Spaces blog: The Written Word at Home.

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April’s Blow | #NaPoWriMo2019, Na/GloWriMo2019

Text of poem with author and copyright information

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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