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Tasks at hand | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #17. Use WORK as your inspiration this week

spring planting
the work of our hands as we
          prepare the soil for planting 
the fruits of the land and the dirt
         that holds their seeds in trust
the weight of every harvest rests
         with cherishing a fertile earth 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-06.

Image: “Spring Planting Day” by sgrace is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Another way | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #16. Use PARTY as your inspiration this week

too late to the party—the fires are out, the guests moved on
a cloudy sky—no moonlit path or guiding stars to point the way
light will surely come at dawn with signs and roads to follow 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-29.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

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Flowering seasons | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15 rev.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15. Use Summer as your inspiration this week.

woodland flowers revel in spring
      before tree leaves block summer's light
summer sun and springtime flowers 
      mingle as they appear and leave
with fall's cool days and longer nights
      Joe-Pye-weed and gentian bloom 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-22.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Poem, Poetry

Big and Little Bears | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 414

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #HaIku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 414: Guide and Slip.

dusk slips into night
as northern guide stars appear
to point the way home

Copyright © 2022-06-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image: Wikipedia (HubbleTelescope/Public Domain).

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor mean, in English, big bear and little bear.

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 .

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Silence is a Sound | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11

lizl bennefeld, photographer
beneath a sullen sky that promises 
                        rain which does not fall
gossip between leaves and branches 
          is quiet as the vanished breeze 
with bated breath fields and woodlands 
                 anticipate the coming storms 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-25, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #11.
Use EXCITEMENT as your inspiration this week.


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The stuff of life | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash
i don't remember high school
          my life flew by in a blur
band and choir rehearsals
          trumpet, keyboard, and french horn
but the winters...lying in the snow 
          to watch the night sky's changing face 

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-15, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9.
Use HIGH SCHOOL as your inspiration this week.

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Contemplating creation | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

Photo by James Bowen on Unsplash
the world was created in a day...in a blink of the eye
hidden from view by a heavy mist that vanished with the dawn
the heron contemplates breakfast while silver minnows swim by

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-05-05, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #8

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Early Morning | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

Sunrise Dawn by Kristine Weilert
through the fragrant mist of daybreak 
          promise of clear morning skies
waking birds murmur soft greetings 
          as they stretch their wings to fly
while the birds of the night
          sink into rest and lullabies

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-28, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #7

“Sunrise Dawn Photo” by Kristine Weilert (Stocksnap) is marked with CC0 1.0..

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 Poetry, sijo

Forest glade

forest glade in spring
how gracefully the new leaves
  flutter in the morning breeze
shadows dance along the path,
  fade and disappear again
noon arrives but does not stop,
  allowing room for twilight

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-21, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #6

Forest glade in spring” by sunsju is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Posted in imayo, Poetry

Change of seasons

cold winter's last encroachment on the springtime warmth   
green grass no longer buried by the late-come snow   
a robin seeks out lawn grubs still too cold to move   
the season flows forward as thin ice melts away   

[imayo.] Copyright © 2022-04-19, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in Haiku, nature, Photography, Poetry

Cold and Clear | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 405

autumn cotoneaster fruit still on the branches

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 405 Bare & Fruit

bare branches
still hold last year's fruit...
spring's warm rain

© 2022-04-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photos by Liz Bennefeld.

cotoneaster branches and raindrops
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 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.

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Slurpee waves | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 390

winter surfboard rides  
on the ocean's slushy crests
blending season joys  

Copyright © 2021-12-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 390 BLEND and Slush.

The inspiration for the haiku comes from Nantucket’s Waves Are Turning to Slush in Extreme Cold by Zain Haidar (February 27, 2015 on The Weather Channel).

Posted in nature, Poetry, senryu

Blue as the azure sky | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 388

azure bluets
adorned with the sky’s color
content in the world

© Lizl Bennefeld
2021-12-16

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 388 BLUE(s) and World(s)

“bluets-644” by jmunt is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/?ref=openverse&atype=rich

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Heartsease | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 387

tricolored flowers
refuge from the pains of life
ease for aching hearts

© Lizl Bennefeld
2021-12-11

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 387 COLOR(ed/s) and Three.

Image credit: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.