clouds on the waterCopyright © 2022-11-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.
pathway to the stars
wavering of distant lights
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.
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.
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.
dusk slips into night as northern guide stars appear to point the way home
Copyright © 2022-06-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ursa Major and Ursa Minor mean, in English, big bear and little bear.
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 .
their deep roots winter over, fast asleep in the frozen ground tulip bulbs and dandelions, blue wild flax roots and seeds melting snow and warm sunshine . . . spring yearns to be reborn
[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-05-28.
Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #10: GROWING UP/Mature.
scents tell animals when fruit is ripe for eating... so its seeds are spread
Copyright © 2022-05-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 411 FRUIT and Ripe.
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.
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.
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.
tiny ants carry the earth's wealth leaves and seeds
© 2022-05-03, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Photo by Skyler Ewing from Pexels
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.
“Sunrise Dawn Photo” by Kristine Weilert (Stocksnap) is marked with CC0 1.0..
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.
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.
years race by bringing zest to life... memories © 2022-04-20, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Photos by Liz Bennefeld.
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.
through the thin mist of clouds while evening yields to deeper night enticing fireflies blink on and off as they trace false trails birds of day settle in while birds of the night sing them to sleep
[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-14, by Liz Bennefeld. All rights reserved.
bare branches still hold last year's fruit... spring's warm rain © 2022-04-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Photos by Liz Bennefeld.
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
Synonym: pebbles = sand.
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
The haiku form (Impending Storm) can be found on my blog, Quietude and Tea.
morning sun frost on the window pane yellows and blues
Copyright © 2022-02-02, by Liz Bennefeld.
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.
winter surfboard rides on the ocean's slushy crests blending season joys
Copyright © 2021-12-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.
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).
deep snow drifts© Lizl Bennefeld, 2021.12.21.
haven from the wind
azure bluets© Lizl Bennefeld
adorned with the sky’s color
content in the world
“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
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
tricolored flowers© Lizl Bennefeld
refuge from the pains of life
ease for aching hearts
searching with an eager eye
to catch early worms
[haiku.] Copyright © 2021-10-05, by Lizl Bennefeld.
puffed-up summer clouds
urged along with breezy sighs
bask in morning’s lightCopyright © 2021-06-29, by Liz Bennefeld.
blue midday flowers
Copyright © 9 June 2021 by Liz Bennefeld
white anthers adorn
the flower’s golden center
and blue-petaled frame
the simple joys of springtime
between the warm, gentle rains
Copyright © 22 May 2021,
Liz Bennefeld, writer/artist
flower in the night
waiting for the sun to rise
petals hold their breath– lizl bennefeld, © 2021•05•05
light caught in a cup
the glow of tulip petals
at the sunbeam’s end
Copyright © 2021-03-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.
the house that is home
irises by our back door
lost midst memories
Copyright © 2021-02-20, by Lizl Bennefeld.
(NaHaiWriMo 2021, Day 20)
muffled sounds of snow
time to rest
Copyright © 2021-02-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.
(NaHaiWriMo 2021, Day 16)