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sounds of spring | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 447

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the bubbling laughter
springtime melt of mountain snow
water over stone

copyright © 2023-01-30, by lizl bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 447 BUBBLING and Creek.

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and the world still turns | Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #46

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fortune is another word for
     taking chances, not guarantees
life is filled with happenstance (sometimes
     Earth's core stops, then spins in reverse)
circumstances come with alternatives 
     and more than several points of view

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-25.

Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #46. Use FORTUNE as your inspiration this week.

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shades of evening | Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #45

Towering Storm
greys turn to darker shadows as the dusk sinks into night
echoes of the rising winds foretell a nearing winter storm
rest in the warm reassurance of family and friends

copyright © lizl bennefeld, 2o23-o1-2o.

Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #45.
Use EMBRACE as your inspiration this week.

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Winter dreams | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 432

apple-picking time
the late October breezes
winter's in the wind
    it's time and past for sleeping . . .
    dreams of blossoms on the trees

© 2022-10-17, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 432 APPLE and Pick

spring apple blossoms” by Muffet is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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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.

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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

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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.