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Autumn Sunlight

dried flower petals

bright colors faded
sharp patterns in black and tan
singular design

stark beauty in the sunlight
caught up by the autumn glow

Copyright © 2021-02-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.

(NaHaiWriMo, Day 17)

Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay.

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I Promise You | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 325 Calm+Storm

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 325 CALM & STORM

Alyssum flowers, grass, autumn leaves
i promise you

the calm and quiet
at the center of the storm…
there are flowers still

autumn leaves, the scent of rain
after winter comes the spring

Copyright © 2020-09-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.



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Promises of Snow | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge Pure&Serene

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #270 Pure&Serene

autumn’s evening shades
serenity of raindrops
clarity of light

promises of winter nights
muted breath of pristine snow

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld,
2019-09-14. All rights reserved.


Posted in Making Memories, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, Reflections, Uncategorized, Writing

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

one breath
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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Day 29: Whatever it takes | #NaPoWriMo

spring clouds behind barren tree branches

Brewer: “For today’s prompt, write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written…”

dry leaves dance above—
leaping higher than treetops
stripped by April winds

green shoots kissed by dirt and rain
pledge autumn one more harvest

Copyright © 2018-04-29, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

This poem is in response to a poem not from this challenge, but one that I wrote for the 2008 SFPA poetry contest; the theme was “Energy”. The poem’s title is “Future Freedom”. It’s the second poem on this page of my blog.

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

Evening Silence #poem

Transition of the Seasons

brown leaves rest
on remnants of common chives
too old to harvest

silent passing of the seasons
toward the end of all time

Copyright © 2017-12-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.

The treasure of silence in nature at the end of daytime. A pause in the day, recurring but each day, a surprise. A bird calls, inserting song into the vacuum of suspended time, and one discovers that there had been—for that still, brief moment—silence.

Daily Post Writing Prompt: Silent.

Posted in grief, November, Poem, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing

Cloudy Passage, A Prose Poem

“Cloudy Passage”

A “V” of 16 geese flew over me, calling out to one another, heading south. The sight and sounds leave me bereft and teary eyed. Saying good-bye to old friends—not knowing if they’ll make it back here in the spring. Not knowing if I’ll still be here to greet them.

“Cloudy Passage”. Copyright © 2016-11-25, by Lizl Bennefeld.


looking up to the top of a leafless cottonwood tree in winter
Looking Up

When they leave us, each autumn, I stop to listen to their call. If I can, I step outside to watch them approach, then fly past, calling as they fly. Today they flew above our back yard. It always hurts, their abandonment over winter. I thrill to see and hear the geese as they pass. And when they’ve gone, I almost always cry.