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Day 27 Late-Season Snow #NaPoWriMo

Thaddeus, caked with snow
Late Season Snowfall


Prompt: “Take one of your poems and, in three places, insert a parenthetical comment…” I used only this much of the prompt found at Cuyahoga County Public Library website.

late-spring storm
{by now, I shouldn’t feel surprise}
snow on puppy legs…face…tail
{how did he get snow plastered THERE?}
don’t sit in my lap!
{ah, well! there’s towels}

Copyright © 2019-04-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

First published today on my Quiet Spaces Journal: Day 27 Late-Season Snow #NaPoWriMo

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Day 26 | Everlasting Pause #NaPoWriMo

Prompt for Day 26: Write 10 one- or two-line poems on one subject, however loosely related to the subject. Put them together, arranging and rearranging, and title them as one poem.

An Everlasting Pause

Only eternity lasts forever

              Be still and know

There are many mansions

              and the perfect one is set aside for you

Passage of time and distance of place…

              all is present in the Now

I cannot conceive of a moment of perfection

              that never ends or varies

One thing that puzzles me is whether eternity is

              a continuity, an instance of existence, or an object of art

Clarity persists in haunting the mind of the bemused

The eternal Here and Now overlooks the ebb and flow

              of distance and time, not counting minutes or the miles

Satisfaction is a state of mind independent

              of circumstances or the company we keep

Experiencing the tides of now, the gentle inflow and recession

              of being and not being

Hypnotized by sensation and waiting for the feeling

              to come again

Lost in the eternal pause between nothing more

              and everything

Copyright © 2019-04-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Originally published on my Quiet Spaces blog, HERE. I used irregular HTML codes, and so the format may not work, here. Will try to get a graphic representation to link to.

Posted in everydayinspiration, life through my windows, NaPoWriMo2019, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Transformation | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #NaPoWriMo

raindrop splashing into water puddle

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #250 Action&Friction

action of raindrops
friction of waves on the shore
dry winds across stone

nature—micron by micron—
reshapes oceans and the land

Copyright © 2019-04-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.



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Posted in everydayinspiration, kimo, napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2019, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Day 16 – In Hiding: An Ode to Anonymity #NaPoWriMo

river photo from unsplash

‘An Ode to Anonymity’

I live underwater, away from all
there’s a turn in the river
I’m shadowed by its banks

the river’s in my mind
my mind safely sheltered, here…
here I’ll remain to the end of all time

Copyright © 2019-04-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Form: kimo and kimo, reversed

The complete Poem and and a larger version of the photograph (with credit) are on my Quiet Spaces Journal: Day 16 – In Hiding: An Ode to Anonymity #NaPoWriMo

Posted in kimo, life through my windows, napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2019, Photography, Poem, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing

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.




Posted in Haiku, NaHaiWriMo, napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2019, Poetry, Uncategorized

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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April 4: And yet | #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo

Prompt: Write an animal poem. I have written animal poems for both day 3 and day 4.


evergreen tree in winter storm
Day 4:

puppies at my feet
pine trees swayed by rising winds
yet stillness

Copyright © by Lizl Bennefeld, 2019-04-04

cocker spaniel climbing onto snowdrift
Day 3:

a walk in the garden
snow deeper than me, head and tail…
no rabbits

Copyright © 2019-04-03, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2019, Poem, Poetry, Reflections, tanka, Writing

April 2: Quietly | #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo

Prompt from Brewer at Writer’s Digest: And today is actually a special day: Two for Tuesday! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice! (1) Write a worst case poem. What’s the worst that could happen? (2) Write a best case poem. Take the worst and reverse it!

death of oceans
anaerobic luminescence
deserts without breath

bright colors on the water
moonlight’s dance on silent waves

Copyright © 2019-04-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.


Cross-posted from my Quiet Spaces Journal.

Posted in napowrimo, NaPoWriMo2019, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

April 1 : What do you hear? | #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo/#RonovanWrites

Written for #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 247 (Kind & Mind) and Cuyahoga County Public Library‘s Read and Write 30 Days of Poetry (What do you hear?)

scampers at the window
Watching for Birds

elements of sound
flowing water far away
growls close at hand

flowing water soothes my mind
puppy growls scare the birds

Copyright © 2019-04-01, by Lizl Bennefeld.

synonym swap: element = kind