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In the Water | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 426 DEEP and Woe.

we lived in our house 
30 years, wrapped in sweet songs
as we fell asleep
     here, the currents cry havoc
     torrential rains...sinking boats

Copyright © 2022-09-06, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“WATER POWER IN A URBAN FLOOD” by bitsorf: Thank you 1,500,000 times is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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On the Wind | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424 BLEW & Skies.

gentle zephyr winds
blew the rain clouds before them
tidying the skies

polished blues and gold sunbeams
songs of joyful meadowlarks  

[tanka,] Copyright © 2022-08-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.

“Western Meadowlark” by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse

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Reach for the stars | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22

sweat and tears will not achieve anything 
          without a goal to reach
goals emerge where dreams are fed and watered
          tended, pruned back, and shaped
anchored to earth and reaching the sky...
          soon to build a longer bridge

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-15.

Starship | Artist Rendering” by Official SpaceX Photos is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 .

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #22.
Use ACHIEVEMENT as your inspiration this week.

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As the world spins | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21

as the world around us changes
            so must the long-term goals
common practices and mindsets
            have failed through the years
as the rungs on life's ladder break . . .
             I will learn to walk on air

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-07.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #21.
Use GOALS as your inspiration this week.

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Dreams and Stardust | Ronovan Writes Haiku Monday Poetry Challenge #421

Image credit: NASA/ESA/ESO/Wolfram Freudling et al. (STECF)
more stars in the sky
than grains of ancient sand
polished in the waves
       do galaxies live forever...or
       must dreams and stardust die

[tanka] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-08-02.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 421 SAND and Life.

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Dreams on the water | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19.

“The Milky Way”

stars and the waxing moon's face
     float ahead, mirrored in the lake
like ghosts calling to the living, 
     loon songs echo from the hills
dreams entangled in the heavens
     melt away as the rain begins

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-20.

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #19: Dreams.

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Roads not taken

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #18: Regrets.

Photographer: Jacek Mleczek
regret does not mean taking up
        a heavy burden of remorse
or wearing sackcloth and ashes
       boldly displayed or hid  away
regrets are faded dreams of other paths
       that we had no need to follow

Copyright 2022-07-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Thoughts upon reading the prompt for this week called to mind Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken“. I always found its message to be optimistic and reassuring.

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Dance in light | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 417

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 417 BREAK and Dance.

Vilhem Hammershøi, Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, 1900
dust motes dance
caught by the sunbeams
break of day

Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-07-04.

Image: “Vilhem Hammershøi, Dust Motes Dancing in the Sunbeams, 1900” by bianca.maggio is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0. To view the terms, visit https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/?ref=openverse.

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.

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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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Roses and bright lights | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12

romance began in moonlight
     sparkling fireworks and stars
sentiments and shared interests
     reading the same library books
differences in opinions while
    still setting common goals 

[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-02.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12. Use ROMANCE as your inspiration this week.

In truth, I didn’t know what to write for this theme. But we celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary, this year. Lives and relationships build on the beginnings, and as the layers form, they firm up the surfaces. Make them stronger, yet more flexible. Comfortable as the layers of life work together. Common trust that can sustain relationships through difficulties. Who would have thought it?

Photo by Sowren DB on Unsplash

Posted in Observations, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Community | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412: Beast and Steam.

Billy Pasco – Snow Monkeys – Unsplash
steam rises around
snow monkeys in their hot springs
as they share the warmth

the beastly thing about winter
is how to not turn to ice

Copyright © 2022-05-30, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash.

Note: A snow monkey is also known as a Japanese macaque.

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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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Peonies and Roses | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410

the king of flowers...
fragrant blooms on slender stems
the peony tree

the queen of flowers open
on rose bushes with sharp thorns

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-05-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410 KING and Queen.

“Peony and Rose” by Doolallyally is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Smoky waters | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.

smoke on the water
mimicking a hazy day
no air left to breathe
        river banks guide sullen streams
        as they creep toward the sea

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-03-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Smoke on the Water” by -mtnoxx- is marked with CC BY 2.0.

Note: My poem is not representative of the actual river or the condition of its water. Just a hazy, moody scene .

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Strands of ice | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 400 FEATHER and Whisper.

Cirrus Clouds Near Sunset

Another poem, written to this week’s prompt words.

feathered clouds
strands of crystal ice
breathless wind

Copyright © by Liz Bennefeld, 2022-03-07. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 400 FEATHER and Whisper.

Posted in Haiku, micropoetry, Personal, Poem, Poetry, Retrospection, Writing

Give your heart | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 400 FEATHER and Whisper.

Pixabay free clipart

It has been a long time since I wrote this poem, but it is one of my most favorite among those I have written in this century. (I may write another to this prompt, but for now I could not resist the repetition.)

Gift your muse quill pens
and bid her feathers whisper
love to your belovèd

Copyright © by Liz Bennefeld, 2015-10-26. All rights reserved.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 400 FEATHER and Whisper.