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Venus and Mars | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 314

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 314 Finger&Planet

cloudy night sky with stars

Earth’s windy fingers
riffle through her layered clouds
opening to view
Venus slipping from her path
for a midnight walk with Mars

Copyright © 2020-07-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

 

 

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Closer to the heavens | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge Open/Close

 
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 307: Open&Close
 

close enough to touch
the crescent moon ‘midst the branches
I open my hand

Copyright © 2020-05-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

 

 
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A Late Spring | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Might/Slight

wild violet in new grass
Wild Violet Under Grass

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 304: Might&Slight

 

though slight of power
blades of grass emerge…nearby
violets unfold

freezing nights and gentle rain
the nurture of day’s sunlight

 Copyright © 2020-05-04, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

tight-bound by magic
since before this world was born
Sol’s majesty reigns

Copyright © 2020-05-04, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Nobody knows | #RonovanWrites #Weekly #Poetry #Challenge Grit/Quit

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #300 Grit&Quit

photo taken in the early 2000s at an informal Unisys employee gathering
Pebbled Beach

simply walked away
from the troubles I had known
left them far behind
 
now I dream ‘neath summer clouds
counting pebbles on the shore

Copyright © 2020•04•06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Substitutions: grit=pebbles; quit=walk away

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Early morning fog | #RonovanWrites #Weekly #Poetry #Challenge Bright/Fight

heavy fog, lingering into morning
Fog-wrapped

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #299 Bright&Fight

faint rays of the sun
muffled by the fog and gloom
struggle to break through

brightness follows swaddled dawn
hearts rejoice in morning’s light

Copyright © 2020•03•30, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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By laughing waters | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge Sheep&Weep

willow trees and stream at evening

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #292 Sheep&Weep

quiet lullabies
waft through weeping willow trees
lambs lie down to sleep

smells of new grass on the breeze
starlight caught on rippling waves

Copyright © 2020/02/12, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Image by Guido Goluke from Pixabay

 
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Country Dreaming | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 291 Charm & Harm

hilly, green pastoral scene with stands of trees and stone walls

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #291 Charm&Harm

dreams of rustic charms…
the thickets and stone fences
shelter all from harm

butterflies rest on cows’ ears
trout and flies share pasture news

Copyright © 2020-02-06, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

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Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

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Near, yet so far | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge Whole/Empty

PSM V58 D423 Rifts in the milky way photographed by barnard

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #272 Empty&Whole

empty of moonlight
a river of brilliant stars
across the whole sky
strewn farther than eyes can see
but nearer than childhood’s dreams

 

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2019/09/24. All rights reserved.

 

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Sounds in the Night | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge Beauty/Quiet

piano keys
Sounds in the Night

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #264 Beauty/Quiet

Beauty’s not silent…
jazz licks from the tenor sax
keyboard’s rippling notes
heartbeat of the bass and drums
passion echoes through the night

[A tanka]. Copyright © 2019-07-31. by Lizl Bennefeld.

Synonyms: silent for quiet

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Bread into Stone | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 263 Good/Evil

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #263 Good&Evil

Too Far to Walk, Too Cold to Wait

lying does not change
tall tales to reality
or evil to good

angry words are not shoes and
promises won’t feed a child

 

Copyright © 2019-07-22. by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Where We Haven’t Gone Before | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #259 Super&Strange

PIA19837 NASA Graphic
What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster?

a super-cube door
opened to the multiverse
offers strange new paths

before you start your journey
plan escape routes leading home

Copyright © 2019-06-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Note: The picture above was downloaded from the NASA Image and Video Library; the NASA ID is on the picture.

Inspired by my husband’s rewatching all the Star Trek: Voyager episodes.

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Who gets the worm? – #RonovanWrites #Haiku Favor/Detest

A Robin sitting and singing on a power cord strung from the pole to the house
Red Robin…Red Robin

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #258 Favor&Detest

up at first daylight
the robins favor earthworms…
good old tug-of-war

afternoon’s shade will find them
not despising butterflies

Copyright © 2019-06-21, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Synonym: swapped despise for detest.

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The edge of morning | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Slip&Tip

early morning sunlight on the cotoneaster tree
morning’s sunlight

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #253 Slip&Tip

soft sunlight slips in
to tip dark night into day—
the dawn’s eastern glow

morning birds sing joyful hymns…
night birds murmur lullabies

Copyright © 2019-05-13, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Transformation | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #NaPoWriMo

raindrop splashing into water puddle
Raindrops

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.

 

 

View my NaPoWriMo 2019 poem-a-day collection in progress at TheWrittenWord.net

 

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River’s Crest | #RonovanWrites #Haiku

river flooding 2009
Flood Waters (2009)

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #248 Serene&Scene

serene … flood water’s
ripples lapping at the shore
early morning view

Copyright © 2019-04-08, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Substitute: view=scene

The river flowing through Fargo (N.D.) is predicted to crest at a high of 35 feet, today. Lots of overland flooding in small towns and rural areas.

View my NaPoWriMo 2019 poem-a-day collection at TheWrittenWord.net

 

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Along the river | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge

otters playing in the river
River Otters*

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #243 Swim&Float

bubbles float up
from the bottom of the stream
otters swim and play

afternoons are made for naps
early morning’s meant for fun

© 2019-03-07, by Lizl Bennefeld.

*Image by medievalfreak101 on Pixabay

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Bittersweet | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Prompt 239

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #239 Sugar&Bitter

tangled vines recall
memories of sweeter times
gold and purple blooms

bittersweet—not sugar—brings
dreams to heal a broken heart

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

A sachet of dried bittersweet (woody nightshade, or Solanum dulcamara) leaves and berries placed beneath one’s pillow is said to heal the broken-hearted.

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, nature, Poem, Poetry, Writing

Ask Some Questions | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 237

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge #237: Answer and Question

the world is flooded
by answers without questions—
no framework…failure!

ask vital questions
that went begging for answers—
research, findings…win!

Copyright © 2019-01-24, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Ah, well…

 

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Simple Answers | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Answer and Question

jet planes in flight
Lofted by the Wind

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge #237: Answer and Question

the wind calls out
and tree branches answer
its queries with joy

water ruffled by breezes
wings lofted in summer’s heat

Copyright © 2019-01-23, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

 

questions=queries

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#RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 234: Seek-Find a Snow Storm

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #234: Seek&Find

View from the Front Door

looking towards morning
I find blizzard’s winds and snow
just before the dawn

seek warmth under cozy quilts
till the evening comes again


Copyright © 2018-12-31, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

 

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Unblemished Rose | Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 233: Chaste&Blush

remembering The Garden House
Long-Ago Friendships

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #233 Chaste&Blush

unblemished rose
blush of pink upon your lips
sheltered in the thorns

welcome me with soft perfume
weep for me with morning’s dew


Copyright © 2018-12-24, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Synonym for chaste: unblemished

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#RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 230 – Leaves in the Snow

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #230 Exist&Today

Leaf and Snow

fragile tomorrows
promise of eternity
yesterday has passed

we exist in our todays
and that’s time enough for love

Copyright © 2018-12-03, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Posted in life through my windows, Lifestyle, nature, November, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

#RonovanWrites #Haiku : Wins and Losses

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #229 Win&Lose

I have lost and won
but looking back, I can’t tell
losses from the wins

roads that turn and twist can change
the balance of a life


Copyright © 2018-11-28, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in nature, November, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Today’s November Poem of the Day

a view of a lake inlet from the top of a hill

The prompt for 27 November is from NaHaiWriMo: echo

Originally posted on my Blogger site for this poem-a-day challenge during NaNoWriMo: Heart Songs. I am only behind by 7 poems, now.

breaking dawn
light’s path across the valleys
calls of birds in flight

the echo of my heart’s song
the harmony of the hills

Copyright © 2018-11-27, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, Poetry, Writing

Larger than life… | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Rebel-Change

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge #215: Rebel and Change

i would not rebel
against nature’s potpourri—
evening’s smoky reds
cold winter’s crusted snow…or
changing the world in my dreams

Copyright © 2018-08-22, by Elizabeth W. “Lizl” Bennefeld.