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.

Drought after winter floods

bright moonlight and rain clouds after dark
After the storm

the lightning moved on
thunder no longer echoes
through empty alleys
leaving too little rain to wet
the dry gauges … the dead grass

Copyright © 2020-06-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Awakened from a dead sleep by thunder and lightning displays. Clearing sky, now, and bright moonlight. Looking forward to rain showers and more thunderstorms, later today (Sunday). Quiet, now. Wondering if I can get back to sleep, tonight.

 

Looking for Spring | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Weekly #Poetry #Challenge March & Dream

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #289 Dream&March

 

skateboarder in the air, driveway next to pickup truck
It Must Be Spring

 

I dream of springtime—
the end of March…the melting
of winter’s cold heart

soon I’ll rescue May beetles
and take long walks in the park

Copyright © 2020-01-20, Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge

Inspiration for today’s poem: For some reason, all of our cocker spaniels, beginning with Ladd, have hunted down May beetles/June bugs, thinking them to be some sort of toys. Forever having to rescue the poor things from the backsteps lights and being batted about by puppy paws. Ladd also liked to catch crickets in his mouth and wonder at their bouncing around on his tongue; at least he let them go…or lost them, when he spit them out to stare at them.

Night Storm | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Weekly #Poetry #Challenge Smoulder & Subdued

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #288 Smoulder & Subdued

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smoldering ember
sinking behind sullen clouds
promises of rain

lightning flashes through the night
turning waterdrops to stars

Copyright © 2020-01-13, Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Substitutions: subdued=sullen; smoulder=smoldering

 

Photo credit: Eutah Mizushima at unsplash

Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge

The missing years

 

There was a girl I hung around with during our junior high school years. Her name was Carol Brown. According to our senior year class notes, she also enjoyed reading. I remember her face and name distinctly, but the time frame was middle school. Her face among our HS senior portraits looks only vaguely familiar. None of them are well-known to me, but a nagging voice says that this was one I should have remembered. Continued to spend time with. Shared books and thoughts, triumphs and defeats. Consolations. Somewhere I left those memories…those years between have vanished. When did I quit being who I was? When did I become who I now am, instead? Or was it they who changed…left me behind?

photos on the page
names and two-line high school quips
one picture stands out

we graduated together…
after our friendship died

Copyright © 2019-03-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Note: Practicing for NaPoWriMo 2019. Thinking about using memories as prompts, this year.

Sweet Dreams of Caterpillars (walking through the archives)

From Writing 201: Poetry on 26 February 2015

Every night, my husband wishes me “Sweet Dreams!” To which I occasionally respond with the wished-for contents of my night’s dreaming. And so, tonight …

“Sweet Dreams of Caterpillars”

My caterpillars are green and smooth and sport a little horn in back that curls forward. As they saunter out, left feet, right feet, then left again, their horns sway up and down, and back and forth, marching to the different beats of all too many drummers.

“Sweet Dreams of Caterpillars”. Copyright © 26 February 2015, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Source: Sweet Dreams of Caterpillars (a weekend poem – Writing 201:Poetry)

The loss of siblings

Sometimes dreams…or memories?
do not fade fast enough.

Sometimes it seems that grief
is too sharp to end.

a fragment of a dream

I still wake to hear her crying
in the midst of nighttime silence
for her three lost babies
she cannot kiss “good-night”

Copyright © 2018-12-17, by Liz Bennefeld.

*siblings who were not alive for long enough to live
posted here so as not to lose it –EWB

 

All in Love | #RonovanWrites #Haiku

#RonovanWrites #Haiku #Weekly #Challenge no 220: He and She.

Remembering our Parents

he and she loved each
other and the whole wide world
and taught us the same

that flowers and people grow, all
in colors of God’s love

Copyright © 2018-09-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Remembering my mother and father, who also inspired this poem, written for them in 1987:

“Born of Love”

written for my parents

You taught me how to stand apart,
to understand and be myself.
You gave me the courage to walk alone
when none would join me.
You showed me how to look through words
into the worlds that others live in.

You taught me how to listen
with my heart and dare to make
no judgments
but those born of love.

Copyright © Christmas 1987, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

After their deaths, 103 days apart at ages 94 and 100, the poem, which  had been framed, came back to me with other keepsakes from their home.

Journaling: paper vs. digital

books, journals, and writing implements
The Written Word: here or there?

I find it interesting, how different the topics are for my online journal from the paper journal that I have returned to since the first of 2018. Things that I would only post, if at all, on my Patchwork Prose site, which still suffers little to no traffic in any given month. (I have not brought myself to write there much.)

I suspect that I am more secretive than I’d thought. Or, more accurately, how much a “private person” I’ve turned out to be, simply because I do not talk much about externals. Because I don’t live in the externals.

Often, a “thing” or “experience” seems not objectively real until I write it down somewhere. Or relive it to myself in words so that it will stick. I have found it interesting that I can go back through memory and reimage, should other events overtake me, and so file a happening in words in my mind or on paper afterwards. Not always, but sometimes. Enough.

When I look back through the written journals before I shred them (I have journaled since my high school years), I find that a lot of what I have puzzled over/pondered, surprises me. Looks unfamiliar. The same is true of my online journals. Excepting, perhaps, the poems that I write.

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

Day 8: Late Snowfall | #NaPoWriMo2018

tulip shoots, nibbled by rabbits between late snowstorms
Nibbled

tulips pushing through
loam to newly fallen snow
wait in line for spring

our rabbits, lacking new grass,
nibble tender tulip shoots

Copyright © 2018-04-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

We have a lot of rabbits in our yard and the surrounding neighborhood, which we appreciate, since they provide a lot of exercise for our dogs. First thing in the morning, they are eager to go outside and check for rabbits who’ve stayed out eating past the softer light of sunrise. They have such fun! Especially when the rabbits run off in different directions…or taunt the dogs by making an extra detour around the garden shed before slipping out through the fence.